WST10 - castration of the men of the conquered group. This...

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Castaneda’s article talked about Spanish soldiers raping Indian women during missionization of CA. The sexual violence done to Indian women was so terrible that some of the priests wanted to quit. Military commanders were lax in enforcing military discipline and failed to punish immoral soldiers who raped native women. Despite some laws to protect Indian women were passed, soldiers simply ignored them. According to Cataneda, the practice of raping women has remained such a prominent feature of war from the 2 nd millennium to the present because rape is act of domination, an act of power, a sign of showing power over one race over other race. Rape is a form of national terrorism, subjugation, and humiliation, so the sexual violation of women represents both the physical domination of women and the symbolic
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Unformatted text preview: castration of the men of the conquered group. This concept and symbolic meaning of rape are rooted in patriarchal Western society, in the ideology that devalues women in relation to men and looks at women as property of men, so if men control women, also controls men. So rape is considered a legitimate form of aggression against the opposing army. Of the use of force against neophyte women, women in the mission were often flogged because they deserved it, but it is claimed that their right to privacy was always respected because they were flogged inside the womens dormitory, called monjero (nunnery). Flogging women in private was considered to be a part of the civilizing process because it instilled into them the modesty delicacy, and virtue belonging to their sex....
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This note was uploaded on 04/27/2011 for the course WST 10 taught by Professor Bays during the Winter '10 term at UCLA.

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