9780415990295

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

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  • ISBN13:

    9780415990295

  • ISBN10:

    0415990297

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-04-15
  • Publisher: Routledge

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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#xE2;#xAC;"s or #xE2;#xAC;#xDC;feminine#xE2;#xAC;" subjectivity and selfhood. She demonstrates how the hierarchical dichotomy of male active versus female passive sexuality #xE2;#xAC;#x1C; which obscures the true nature of rape #xE2;#xAC;#x1C; 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.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Rape, Forgiveness and Reconciliation
The Impossibility of Rape
The Possibility of Rape
Enigmatic Woman Facilitates Man's Becoming
What if the Object Started to Speak?
Towards Female Subjectivity
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