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

1st Edition

Louise du Toit

Routledge
Published February 3, 2012
Reference - 244 Pages
ISBN 9780415536561 - CAT# Y137316
Series: Routledge Research in Gender and Society

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Summary

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.

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