This is a term that has been used a lot by modern feminist movements, and I want to inquire what y'all think of the term. In my completely unqualified opinion, I would say there is one but at the same time there isn't. The nature of pornography and prostitution shows that there is such a thing, the fact that sex is very often viewed as dominance and submission, but at the same time, in order for a culture to exist it has to be somewhat openly shared. I can imagine there are very few conversations among men that sound like "ah man, raping that bitch last night was great! Have you raped anyone this week?". It would seem that even among the more misogynistic men, it would still be unsettling to admit that you raped someone....
zz: as i've said already, i accept that the term "rape culture" expresses something real. that doesn't mean that every time someone uses that term, they're only using it for the purpose of clarifying a dynamic, or helping someone (depending on what one means by help, i guess). sometimes, people use it because it is likely to have an emotional impact on their listeners, an impact that the user-of-the-term wants to use for some reason.
the example i go to all the time is clarence thomas' use of the word "lynch" when he was being confronted by accusations of sexual harassment.
people don't have to be conscious of why they're using a phrase or word, for it to be manipulative on their part. and, as i have said repeatedly on this thread already, motivations can be (are always) mixed. so someone can be doing something i consider appropriate and something i consider manipulative at exactly the same time.
hope that clarified things.