Is it rape?: on acquaintance rape and taking women's consent seriously
The issue of acquaintance rape has been gaining increased prominence in recent years. In this book Joan McGregor analyses the ethical and legal problems that arise in connection with acquaintance rape cases. She discusses with great clarity and precision the complexities involved in notions such as consent, force, autonomy, power, intention and the impairment of responsibility through drugs, alcohol and mental illness.Arguing that criminal rape laws are too narrow, capturing only cases where there is clearly recognized physical violence and resistance from the victim, she sets out a new proposal for how the criminal law should deal with cases of nonconsensual sex which captures the ideals of a liberal political society and in particular the idea of equality. This book explains fully what it means when a woman says no and means no.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
The Historical Treatment of Rape
Expanding the Legal Definition of Rape
Consent and Autonomy
6 other sections not shown
Other editions - View all
acquaintance rape actions actus reus alcohol argue argument behavior believe Camille Paglia Catherine MacKinnon choice circumstances claim coercion coercive compulsion consensual consent to sex consent to sexual consequences consider context courts crime of rape criminal law defendant drunk Estrich evil example express fact Feinberg female feminists forceL gender Husak and Thomas immoral incapacitated individuals inferior interests involve Joel Feinberg jury Katie Roiphe law's MacKinnon male mean yes men's mental Model Penal Code moral injury nonaggravated rape nonconsent nonconsenual sex normative objection offense one's particularly person physical force physical resistance problem proposal protect women's rape laws reasonable refusal require response sadomasochism sadomasochistic serious harm sexual activity sexual assault sexual autonomy sexual consent sexual desire sexual interactions sexual intercourse sexual relationships social conventions society someone standards statutes statutory rape Susan Estrich thereby threat threatened understand utmost resistance verbal victim violence voluntary woman women women's sexual wrong