Video: WMC’s Women Under Siege director talks about the roots of rape on HuffPost Live

By — January 9, 2013

In this video hosted by HuffPost Live’s Abby Huntsman, our director, Lauren Wolfe, cites a finding that may get you riled up: that 65 percent of men surveyed in the Democratic Republic of Congo believe women should accept partner violence to “keep the family together.” More shocking is the finding she cites next: that 53 percent of girls in India think wife-beating is justified—girls who may one day be those very wives.

Later in the clip, Soraya Chemaly, a writer and critic who has contributed to WMC’s Women Under Siege, reveals a very American pattern. If you look at the last few weeks’ media coverage of the Steubenville, Ohio, rape, she says, “you’ll hear about ‘social media’s impact,’ and you’ll hear about ‘football culture,’ and you’ll hear about ‘sexual licenstious in teens’—but you will not hear about the deep, deep roots of gender bias, stereotyping, and [male] entitlement.”

Yet it’s these deep, squirm-inducing issues, Wolfe and Chemaly agree, that we need to talk about most.