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This site is designed to help sociology instructors incorporate videos into their classes. Check out our blog, look through our pics page, and search our growing database of video clips. Each clip is tagged with appropriate sociological themes and organized for busy instructors. We invite you to join the discussion and comment on how you have used the videos in your classes, and to submit a clip of your own. Enjoy!
Video of the Week
Rolling Stone recently broke a story that details an alleged instance of seven different fraternity brothers gang raping a student at the University of Virginia named “Jackie.” In addition to relating the details of the rape, the Rolling Stone article also shed light on the challenges Jackie faced in the months following the incident. While she needed immediate medical care and would later seek justice, officials and friends attempted to dissuade her from acting.
Both the circumstances that led to the rape and the ways in which people attempted to paper it over reek of what sociologists call a rape culture, which is a set of beliefs and practices that encourage and facilitate male sexual aggression and effectively support violence against women.
In order to further illustrate what is meant by rape culture, our video of the week features another harrowing report of gang rape; this time committed by a group of boys and men who drugged a 16-year-old Canadian girl. In a rape culture, blaming the vicitm is a relatively common practice, and works to discourage other victims from reporting their assualts. The above video illustrates exactly what this blaming looks like ... Read more here, and check out our Pinterest board, which explores the issue of rape in images.