On Rape Culture

November 25 is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Call it out when you see it:

❌Sexist jokes
❌Unwelcome behaviour
❌Inappropriate sexual comments

Violence against women comes in many forms, and one of the most widespread yet less talked about is sexual harassment.

Sexual harassment is never okay. Regardless of the circumstances. When one is raped; she is raped, no other word to say it. No other explaination why it happened. And I don’t understand how other people could even afford to blame the victim for being raped.

Our society has come up with reasons why some women are raped. And sadly the “rape culture” is being normalized these days.

Rape Culture is an environment in which rape is prevalent and in which sexual violence against women is normalized and excused in the media and popular culture. As if these are not enough; rape culture affects everywoman.

The rape of just one woman creates terror and fear to all women. Most women and girls limit their behavior because of the existence of rape. Men, in general, do not. That’s how rape functions as a powerful means by which the whole female population is held in a subordinate position to the whole male population, even though many men don’t rape, and many women are never victims of rape.  This cycle of fear is the legacy of Rape Culture.

Blantant Examples of Rape Culture

• Victim Blaming (“It’s her fault; she asked for it!”)

• Normalizing sexual assault (“Boys will be boys; it has always been like that”)

• Making/laughing/enjoying sexually explicit jokes

• Publicly scrutinizing a victim’s dress, mental state, motives, and history

• Abuse and violence in movies and television

• Defining “manhood” as dominant and sexually aggressive

• Defining “womanhood” as submissive and sexually passive

• Assuming only promiscuous women get raped

• Refusing to take rape accusations seriously

• Teaching women to avoid getting raped instead of teaching men not to rape

• Not reporting or talking about being raped to protect the credibility and sanity of the vicrim’s family

• The victim chosing to keep her silence; because why not? She will become easy target of victim blaming and shaming by the society.

Regardless of the woman’s circumstances, characteristics, mental state, history or background; the moment she said “no” to any sexual advances – rape is happening.

Rape is rape and there is no better way to justify it.

Instead of teaching our young girls and women to dress appropriately, avoid men, be alert to possible sexual harassment; why don’t we teach men and young boys NEVER TO RAPE regardless of.

It’s about time to teach MEN and BOYS never to rape.

Most rape victims never get the chance to report/talk about it for a very simple reason that; OUR SOCIETY WAS NEVER KIND TO ANY WOMAN SPEAKING HER TRUTH. Maybe it’s time we change that. Stop victim blaming. Stop victim shaming. When rape happens there are only two people who can tell their truths; the victim and the perpetrator, aside from them no one, NO ONE; thus no one has the right to shame or blame the victim as if they were present when it happened.


P. S.

When I saw Sadje’s Photo Prompt, I immediately thought of the sad and prevailing rape culture in our society.

Transient Lovers

Transient Lovers

sunrise’s blinding light
beaming like transient lovers
dancing through the night.

night and day marry
as distant lovebirds’ weary
to be or not to be.

be like a mother
loves near or far no other
as we all wish it.


II. Aishwarya’s prompt guidelines

• Write Chain Verse using at least Haikus;

• Use the word “mother” in your poem


• 17 syllables (5-7-5 per line) or less (preferably between 8-12);

• Include a seasonal reference;

• Typically written on the subject of nature;

• In the present tense;

• Compare or contrast two different images as juxtapositions;

• No need for capital letters, except for proper nouns

Chain Verse?

• A poetic technique in which the poet uses the last syllable of a line and repeats it as the first syllable of the line following;

• Although the syllable is repeated, it carries a different meaning.

How Christmas Should Be

How Christmas Should Be

i can hear the sleigh bells ringing
just as the doors are slowly closing
for the vagabonds across the street
praying for a magical Christmas treat.

i can see the snowflakes falling
just as homes are shaking
for all the war zone cities
hoping for a peaceful Christmas.

i can feel the gust of wind blowing
just as dreams are gradually dying
for victims of abuse and violence
wishing for a lovely Christmas chance.

i can smell the midnight coffee brewing
just as the elderly people are crying
on a cold winter night in the home for the aged
wishing they were with their loved ones on Christmas eve.

i can taste the burnt cheesecake in my mouth, melting
just as the egos and pride are concluding
for friends and families joyfully reunited
celebrating Christmas with love and gratitude.


The festive mood of the photo reminds me of the forthcoming Christmas and what would it be like to those who are less fortunate and in great despair.

For Sadje’s WDY

Locked Up (Blitz Poem)

Locked Up

locked up and caged
locked up and  broken
broken like little mice
broken little lives
lives played
lives ruined
ruined for entertainment
ruined for fun
fun and amusement
fun and recreation
recreation or past time
recreation or abuse
abuse for life
abuse for nature’s gift
gift given
gift bestowed
bestowed by God
bestowed for humanity
humanity destroying
humanity playing
playing God
playing a fool
fool to believe
fool to castigate
castigate when wrong
castigate when disobedient
disobedient to authority
disobedient to tyranny
tyranny and bigotry
tyranny and oppression
oppression and persecution
oppression and despotism
despotism over democracy
despotism over freedom
freedom of speech
freedom of fear
fear from persecution
fear from execution
execution without just trial
execution without fair judgement
judgement call
judgement eye
eye for truth
eye for justice
justice delayed
justice denied
denied and banned
denied and forsaken
forsaken by humanity
forsaken by fate

Written for:
Reena’s Exploration Challene

David’s Weekly Prompt

Muri’s prompt guideline

• Write a “blitz” poem that includes something about a mouse or mice.

Blitz poem?

• This form of poetry is a stream of short phrases and images with repetition and rapid flow.

• Begin with one short phrase, it can be a cliché. Begin the next line with another phrase that begins with the same first word as line 1. The first 48 lines should be short, but at least two words.

• The third and fourth lines are phrases that begin with the last word of the 2nd phrase, the 5th and 6th lines begin with the last word of the 4th line, and so on, continuing, with each subsequent pair beginning with the last word of the line above them, which establishes a pattern of repetition.

• Continue for 48 total lines with this pattern, And then the last two lines repeat the last word of line 48, then the last word of line 47.

• The title must be only three words, with some sort of preposition or conjunction joining the first word from the third line to the first word from the 47th line, in that order.

• There should be no punctuation. When reading a BLITZ, it is read very quickly, pausing only to breathe.

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sunsets are my most favorite it’s a sonnet
they are rhythmically melodious in passing
but constructed don’t blink you’re losing
the loudest beat as orange and pink combined
a masterpiece my heart strings intertwined.

sunsets are my most favorite it’s a sonnet
the ones with you by my side are perfect
they made me believe
in poetry
in melody
in rythm and rhyme
in magic and fairy tales
in love
in you

in us.

I Pray

I Pray

Ukraine and Russia are still at war
for months and maybe years more
children are no longer out to play
i bow down and pray it won’t stay.

war ruined communities and families
disrupts economic fabric of nations
creates long term harm to people
reduction in human and material capital.

war is never the answer to a dispute
it’s never the solution nor absolute
i hope one day we’d be happy and gay
i bow down in supplication and pray.

Iran sentenced 15k protesters to death
of “enmity against God” and “spreading
corruption on earth”
a punishment for not being obedient
or simply being an oppressive tyrant?

tyranny is at most harsh and  cruel
prevents people from reaching full potential
i hope one day we’d live freely
i bow down in plea and pray.

more than the war in Ukraine
and the tyranny in Iran
we all rage our own wars
we all are silent tyrants.

these kind of wars are even more dangerous
it destroy self worth, dreams and ambitions
the tyrants among us are more oppressive
it put a death sentence to all that we hope and
we believe.

i bow down in supplication and pray
we find inner peace one day.

For Sadje’s WDYS

Remembering You

Remembering You

old age should have made you said your last goodbye
instead a sudden intense heart break took your life away.

old age should have made you lose taste of a bright life and memory
instead a sudden intense heart break took your great enthusiam and energy.

remembering you leaving without notice at your prime
left me devastated and broken years and years even to this time.

old age should be the only reasonable way for you to go
instead a sudden intense heart break took your life away.

i’m sorry i should have been beside you that day
remembering you is my only way to make you stay.

i only have the memory of you, Dad.

For Reena’s Exploration Challenge: https://reinventionsreena.wordpress.com/2022/11/10/reenas-xploration-challenge-256/

This is perhaps the shortest word prompt we have done on RXC, yet it encompasses so much.

The prompt is

Any word starting with Re

Wish Upon A Star

Wish Upon A Star

i wished upon a star
tattoed your name in
my heart from afar.

i wished upon a star
hoped to God
it will happen.

little did i know
i was wishing upon
someone else’s star.

my bad my mistake
i wished upon
the wrong star.

For David’s Weekly Prompt : https://skepticskaddish.com/2022/11/09/w3-prompt-28-weave-written-weekly/

This week’s Poet of the Week is Larry.

Larry’s prompt guideline

• Write a poem that incorporates chiasmus.

• Chiasmus: In simple terms, chiasmus happens when the writer says one thing and then says something very similar in the next line, but the grammatical structure has been reversed.

• Examples of Chiasmus:

• Live simply so that others might simply live.

• In the pre-capitalist stages of society, commerce rules industry. In capitalist society, industry rules commerce.

• Love as if you would one day hate, and hate as if you would one day love.

• Bad men live that they may eat and drink, whereas good men eat and drink that they may live.

• All for one and one for all!

Love Is You

Love Is You

love is you
holding my hand
in a sea of crowded people.

love is you
kissing my lips
in a crossroad when
the traffic light turns red.

love is you
laughing at
my stupid jokes.

love is you
looking at me
with great pride
and admiration.

love is you
loving me
without boundaries.

love is you
and i don’t know
how else to love
without you.

for Eugi’s weekly prompt.