Cancel culture is the rage these days. Depending on who one speaks to, it has either gone too far or not far enough.
The latest target is Pepé Le Pew, the overly romantic French skunk from the Warner Brothers cartoon whose passionate overtures always fail. The claim is that he encourages rape culture by forcing himself on whatever female character is nearby, regardless of whether or not she is looking for love.
I am all for dismantling rape culture. Frankly, it should have been gotten rid of a long time ago.
However, for once, I have to disagree in regards to the cancellation of this particular character. Any adult watching this cartoon knows that it is satire. We all know how it ends. His attempt once again backfires more and it is onto the next potential partner.
From a parental perspective, I understand the concern. If that is the case, it is up to the adults to sit their children down and explain why this behavior is wrong. Cancelling everything that is outdated or disapproved of will not change things. That requires open conversations and the difficult task of taking an honest look at the darker aspects of our collective histories.
This book is brilliant and a must read for anyone, regardless of gender, gender identity or sexual orientation. It throws off the old ideas of about women and the misconceptions of our sexuality. By throwing off these ideas, it forces readers to take a hard look at how women’s sexuality is viewed and what must be done so rape and sexual assault becomes a thing of the past.
Rape culture is an ugly, pervasive part of the human culture.
The new book, Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture, edited by Roxane Gay, is an anthology of stories about rape and sexual assault. While there is a diversity of contributors (including actress Gabrielle Union and writer Amy Jo Burns), the message is clear. Instead of being heard and those accused of sexual assault given their days in court, the contributors were shamed, discredited and bullied in response of being raped and sexually assaulted.
This book is nothing short of amazing and a must read for every adult. It brings the truth about rape and sexual assault into the light in a way that is unflinching, hard-hitting and in your face. It forces all of us to look in the mirror and ask ourselves if we will continue to allow such horrific acts to happen or if we will finally, as a culture, do something about it.