In a forum titled “How can we change the ‘rape’ culture at Harvard?”
Harvard University graduate Emma White posted a link to an essay on the “Hobbesian” view of rape and the ways in which rape victims are being treated.
The essay argued that “we have to acknowledge that rape is wrong and we have to change the culture around rape” and called on the university to “stop the ‘culture of silence’ that perpetuates rape.”
She argued that a university that “has no interest in changing the culture” should not allow itself to be used as a “rape shelter.”
“There is a long history of Harvard University and the faculty of Harvard to be able to make sure that the rape culture is not only alive but also active, and that there is no place for the rape of any women on campus,” White wrote.
“Harvard University is not a place for rape, but it is a place where rape culture thrives.”
In a separate thread, White also criticized the “toxic masculinity” that is prevalent on campus.
“This toxic masculinity is a powerful force that we have not yet fully overcome,” she wrote.
White also defended the way that the University of Missouri and other schools have handled sexual assaults, saying that they are “a form of accountability for the actions of perpetrators.”
“I think it is important to recognize that the victims are the ones who are going to bear the consequences of the rape and assault of their friends,” White said.
“They are going through the trauma of the attack, and it is up to them to make the decision of how they are going about their lives.”
The thread was later removed from the forum’s Facebook page.
White has been a member of the Harvard University faculty for less than a year.