This meme was going around, it irked me. So, I fixed it.
Trust me as a woman who has to deal with the testerone ladened lets go a-Viking men (thankfully a minority, but majorly aggravating faction of the broader Asatru/Heathen/Northern Tradition community), this attitude gets old, and it is insulting.
In my decades in this community I’ve had men make rape threats or in poor taste Viking rape jokes, others who think my sole role in the community should be to fetch their drinks and spread my legs for their sexual gratification be I willing or no. In other words they want a wench from a pirate fantasy.
These men fail to realize that ours was and is a culture where women and men both wield power and import in a multiplicity of ways and circumstances.
The term Vikings can be confusing. Specifically it was a name given to those who did raid, enslave, rape and pillage other communities. But in the modern day we all to often refer to a vast umbrella of cultures as Vikings who would have viewed these ancient raiders with contempt.
Just because things were done in the past isn’t a reason to always do them today, and rape is wrong. Period. Alluding to the act in a *nudge nudge, wink wink, let’s be bros* manner is part of rape culture.
Rape Culture perpetuates frightening statistics like these:
Think about that number. Think about the 6 women closest to you. You probably know many rape victims but don’t realize it.
Millions of women in the United States have experienced rape.
- As of 1998, an estimated 17.7 million American women had been victims of attempted or completed rape.5
Young women are especially at risk.
- 82% of all juvenile victims are female. 90% of adult rape victims are female.6
- Females ages 16-19 are 4 times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault.3
- Women ages 18-24 who are college students are 3 times more likely than women in general to experience sexual violence. Females of the same age who are not enrolled in college are 4 times more likely.7