ASA logo
Rape Culture Continuum Activity
beer pong
Cover Page
Requires Subscription DOCX


rape culture
feminist theory
sexual violence
sexual harassment
critical theory

How to Cite

Peretz, Tal. 2023. “Rape Culture Continuum Activity”. TRAILS: Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology, January. Washington DC: American Sociological Association.


This classroom activity introduces the concept of rape culture in a way that implicitly provides evidence through students’ own experiences and contributions. Students bring up different forms of sexual and gendered violence and harassment (SGVH) and discuss how to arrange them on a continuum from less to more egregious, highlighting the ways they are...

Download this resource to see full details. Download this resource to see full details.


Subject Area(s):
Collective Behavior/Social Movements, Cultural Sociology, Race, Class and Gender, Sex and Gender, Sexualities, Social Change, Theory
Resource Type(s):
Class Activity
Class Level(s):
Any Level
Class Size(s):
Medium, Small

Usage Notes

I conduct this activity approximately a quarter to a third of the way into a given term; I try to place it early enough that it can support later conversations about culture, sexual violence, and public sociology, but make sure to give enough time beforehand to develop a comfort level with classmates, the material, and the discussion of difficult...

Download this resource to see full details. Download this resource to see full details.

Learning Goals and Assessments

Learning Goal(s):

  1. Be able to describe rape culture at both a simplified common usage level and a more complex scholarly level.
  2. Be able to give examples of the connections between different types of sexual and gendered violence and harassment, especially how less egregious forms of violence normalize cultural ideologies that support and justify more egregious ones
  3. Be able to recall some key themes and important distinctions in theorizing sexual and gendered violence and harassment.

Goal Assessment(s):

  1. I find this activity too heavy and detailed to be given a specific assessment as immediate follow-up. Instead, on future quizzes, exams, or writing assignments, I ask students to address questions about rape culture, cultural ideologies and their impacts on social action, or the ways theory may be taken up in daily life.

When using resources from TRAILS, please include a clear and legible citation.

Cover Page
Requires Subscription DOCX

Our website uses cookies to improve your browsing experience, to increase the speed and security for the site, to provide analytics about our site and visitors, and for marketing. By proceeding to the site, you are expressing your consent to the use of cookies. To find out more about how we use cookies, see our Privacy Policy .