Date rape: feminism, philosophy, and the law

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Leslie Francis
Pennsylvania State University Press, May 1, 1996 - Law - 186 pages
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A radical theory of acquaintance rape focusing on actual communication before and during sex.From Mike Tyson to the Portland Trail Blazers to William Kennedy Smith, from Katie Roiphe's The Morning After to the Antioch College policy, the issue of acquaintance, or "date, " rape has captured our national attention in recent years. In a major contribution to current debates over the meaning of date rape and how it should be criminally punished, this volume brings together lawyers, philosophers, and feminists to explore "communicative sexuality" as a model for the condemnation of date rape.As a crime, rape is viewed more ambiguously than most other offenses. As a social issue, rape reflect deep divisions in our attitudes about sexuality and gender. Nowhere are these divisions more obvious than in the controversies over date rape. Women who assert that they have been victimized by acquaintances -- or, worse, by spouses or former lovers -- may be met with the judgment that they, too, bear responsibility for what happened. While the past few decades have seen two major waves of rape law reform in the United States, these reforms have only chipped away at the basic criticism that sexual coercion, particularly by acquaintances, remains largely unpunished in contemporary American law.Lois Pineau's feminist analysis of date rape, which is the centerpiece of this book, seeks to replace myths about female provocation and male self-control with a model of communica

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Contents

A Feminist Analysis
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Date Rape and Erotic Discourse
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Another Feminist View
41
Copyright

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Francis is D J James Professor of Pastoral Theology at Trinity College Carmarthen and a Professor of Theology in the University of Wales

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