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Rape and the privileging of ignorance: consensuality vs. mutuality in understandings of sexual assault

Conroy, Amanda (2012) Rape and the privileging of ignorance: consensuality vs. mutuality in understandings of sexual assault. Engenderings (04 Nov 2012). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

A lot of people have been expressing a lot of opinions about what constitutes a woman’s experience of rape. A lot of these people do not have vaginas. Todd Akin, Missouri Senate candidate, claimed that “if it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down”. More recently Wisconsin Republican representative Roger Rivard has revealed that some women just “rape easy”. (I’m tempted to set Rivard’s comments to tune. Gershwin’s Summertime comes to mind. Think “summertime and the rapin’s easy”, in a warbly, whiskey-y Ella Fitzgerald voice). Julian Assange has been chilling at the Ecuadorian embassy to avoid being extradited to Sweden to face charges of rape. To top it off, Romney chose a running mate in Paul Ryan. The same Paul Ryan who supports outlawing abortion, even ostensibly for pregnancies occurring from rape or incest. More recently Indiana senatorial candidate Richard Mourdock announced that “even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen”. In short, there are a lot of bad things going on here—among them dangerously bad science and barely-shrouded attempts to regulate what constitutes “proper conduct” for women.

Item Type: Website (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/gender/
Additional Information: © 2012 The Author(s)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Sets: Departments > Gender Institute
Collections > LSE Engenderings Blog
Date Deposited: 25 May 2017 07:53
Last Modified: 25 May 2017 07:58
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/78765

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