A Philosophical Investigation of Rape: The Making and Unmaking of the Feminine Self

Routledge (2009)
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This book offers a critical feminist perspective on the widely debated topic of transitional justice and forgiveness. Louise Du Toit examines the phenomenon of rape with a feminist philosophical discourse concerning women’s or ‘feminine’ subjectivity and selfhood. She demonstrates how the hierarchical dichotomy of male active versus female passive sexuality – which obscures the true nature of rape – is embedded in the dominant western symbolic frame. Through a Hegelian and phenomenological reading of first-person accounts by rape victims, she excavates an understanding of rape that also starts to open up a way out of the denial and destruction of female sexual subjectivity
Keywords Rape  Rape Philosophy  Rape victims Psychology
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Call number HV6558.D88 2009
ISBN(s) 0415990297   9780415990295
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