Rape culture: original debate and your letters

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The term rape culture has been used with great frequency lately -- but is it accurate, or alarmist? We convene a Q debate between Heather Macdonald, a researcher with the Manhattan Institute, and Lise Gotell, chair of the department of Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Alberta, about the usefulness of the term.

Thank you for your feedback on today's debate. Here is a note for context from the Q team.

Your letters

This segment generated a tremendous response -- some of it supportive, much of it highly critical. We felt it was important to do something that may be unprecedented in Q history and open the show with your words. Jian and web producer Fabiola Carletti read some of the replies we received.

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