Wednesday, March 20, 2019
The Glen Ridge Rape :: essays research papers
Bernard Lefkowitzs Our Guys raises a lot of issues, all of which have been discussed through bug out this semester.Just a few pages into the book, words had already begun to jump out at me, capturing my attention. The kids in Newark, black and brown, speaking Spanglish, hoods everyplace their heads, wheeling their stolen cars over to the local chop shop -- they were aliens in America. Strange, forever separate and free from the Ameri skunk ideal. But these Glen continue kids, they were pure gold, every mothers dream, every fathers pride. They were not only Glen Ridges finest, but in their perfection they belonged to all of us. They were Our Guys (page 7). This is a story more or less White Privilege, I thought. After reading the next two pages, I changed my mind. ...I wanted to understand how their status as young athlete celebrities in Glen Ridge influenced their treatment of girls and women, particularly those of their age.....I was especially curious about what permit they were permitted as a clique of admired athletes and how that magnified the sense of favourable position they felt as individuals (pages 8-9). Oh This is a story about jock culture, I thought.I had only touched the surface. Later on, I realized Our Guys was about jock culture and white privilege...as well as rape cultures and patriarchy, mannish privilege and compulsory heterosexuality, pornography, accountability and blame the victim. All of these issues were part of this, a real life story, a real rape.Reading the story of the Glen Ridge Rape, I was able to make observations and draw conclusions that Ridgers who lived inside their glass bubbles werent able to make. They didnt realize what type of things they were teaching their children. Morals and values are instilled into a person at a very early age. It can start at birth. Males of Glen Ridge were taught that they had power and were expected to do accredited things. In their youth sons were permitted and even expected to rais e a footling hell. There was a boys-will-be-boys attitude that went back to the nineteen fifties....Boys were supposed to be vigorous, assertive, competitive they were expected to test the boundaries of behavior within clearly established limits (page 63). This is what boys learned at such an early age. Many of them grew up in male dominant families. Patriarchy was practiced in many another(prenominal) homes. Male influence made it difficult for most of them to establish blind drunk relationships with or learn to appreciate members of the opposite sex.