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Responding to the Minnesota Republic’s “How the Bridge’s Vandalism Mirrors Rape Culture”

A student author published an article in the Minnesota Republic on Oct. 3 entitled “How the Bridge’s Vandalism Mirrors Rape Culture” that equated the following two experiences: - Navigating the societal reality of “rape culture,” in which sexual violence is commonplace for women and others with marginalized identities, and in which this violence is both normalized and excused due to the messages and understandings perpetuated around gender and sexuality. - Spending a morning putting paint that you got for free on a wall that you do not own, and then having someone write a message that counters your original message over it. I have a real problem with that.