IDIS 280 Rape and Sexual Assault

IDIS 280 Rape and Sexual Assault - chastity. □ An...

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Female submission to male power Male sexual fantasy The "unseen attacker" Husband's right" War trophy "Payment" for a date Act of degradation Rape: Social Images Social images of a phenomenon shape our responses to it Delineating between "stranger rape" and "personal rape" - one taken seriously, the other not s A "Natural" biological instinct s Product of our conception of sexuality s Consider our responses to it Power of social images Libel law against "oral imputation of unchastity;" such a law never applied to men s Prostitution defined as "submitting to sexual intercourse which she solicits." This is criminal, but a sexually active man is normal s Statutory rape laws make man the offender s Restriction of birth control information (sexually explicit) s Protecting "good" women - historic Sexual prowess valued in a man, not in a woman s Women don't always know what they want s Women and sexual naivety Property, in this case the woman, was devalued upon being raped. Societal interest in
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Unformatted text preview: chastity. □ An unmarried woman's testimony was likely to be ignored □ Crime against "property" s Chastity more important than her life? □ Showing "resistance" s Early criminalization ○ Sexual images, double standard • Fear of men, dark places, forced to travle in groups, have to avoid certain jobs, etc. □ It goes beyond rape as well, to a whole culture of sexual harassment and special treatment □ The threat of rape changes the way women lead their lives s The author claims that rape has more of an impact on women than just the crime. How so? ○ Feel that women in movies and advertisements are "using" them s "She asked for it" by acting or dressing a certain way s How do men respond to the question of rape? ○ Beneke: Men on Rape • Continuing debate: effects of allowing the past to be presented in court ○ The sexual past • Rape and sexual assault Monday, February 11, 2008 2:32 PM Class Notes Page 1...
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This note was uploaded on 04/25/2008 for the course IDIS 280 taught by Professor Craigstalbaum during the Spring '08 term at Purdue University.

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