The easiest way to describe rape culture is by comparing it to nasty gum stuck under your shoe: You don't always see it, but you know it's always there. It can manifest itself in horrifyingly evident ways, like during the coverage of the Steubenville trial, but also in more subtle ways that are no less harmful. Covert rape culture is just as damaging as overt rape culture. In fact, it's our inability to recognize rape culture that compounds its effect. As Walter Moseley and Rae Gomes point out in at the Nation, "Rape culture exists because we don't believe it does." Ignorance isn't bliss; when it comes to rape culture, the most menacing beast is the one we don't see.

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