Rethinking Rape / Edition 1 by Ann J. Cahill | 9780801487187 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Rethinking Rape / Edition 1

Rethinking Rape / Edition 1

by Ann J. Cahill
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801487188

ISBN-13: 9780801487187

Pub. Date: 03/28/2001

Publisher: Cornell University Press

Rape, claims Ann J. Cahill, affects not only those women who are raped, but all women who experience their bodies as rapable and adjust their actions and self-images accordingly. Rethinking Rape counters legal and feminist definitions of rape as mere assault and decisively emphasizes the centrality of the body and sexuality in a crime which plays a crucial role in the

Overview

Rape, claims Ann J. Cahill, affects not only those women who are raped, but all women who experience their bodies as rapable and adjust their actions and self-images accordingly. Rethinking Rape counters legal and feminist definitions of rape as mere assault and decisively emphasizes the centrality of the body and sexuality in a crime which plays a crucial role in the continuing oppression of women.Rethinking Rape applies current feminist theory to an urgent political and ethical issue. Cahill takes an original approach by reading the subject of rape through the work of such recent continental feminist thinkers as Luce Irigaray, Elizabeth Grosz, Rosi Braidotti, and Judith Butler, who understand the body as fluid and indeterminate, a site for the negotiation of power and resistance. Cahill interprets rape as an embodied, sexually marked experience, a violation of feminine bodily integrity, and a pervasive threat to the integrity and identity of a woman's person.The wrongness of rape, which has always eluded legal interpretation, cannot be defined as theft, battery, or the logical extension of heterosexual sex. It is not limited to a specific event, but encompasses the myriad ways in which rape threatens the prospect of feminine agency. As an explication that fully countenances women's experiences of their own bodies, Rethinking Rape helps point the way toward reparation, resistance, and the evolution of feminine subjectivity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801487187
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Introduction: The Problem of Rape1
Chapter 1Feminist Theories of Rape: Sex or Violence?15
Chapter 2Subjectivity and the Body50
Chapter 3Feminist Theories of the Body: The Material Subject71
Chapter 4Rape as Embodied Experience109
Chapter 5A Phenomenology of Fear: The Threat of Rape and Feminine Bodily Comportment143
Chapter 6The Ethical Wrongs of Rape167
Conclusion: Possibilities for Resistance198
Notes209
Bibliography219
Index227

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