A Philosophical Investigation of Rape: The Making and by Louise du Toit

By Louise du Toit

This ebook deals a serious feminist point of view at the commonly debated subject of transitional justice and forgiveness. Louise Du Toit examines the phenomenon of rape with a feminist philosophical discourse pertaining to women’s or ‘feminine’ subjectivity and selfhood. She demonstrates how the hierarchical dichotomy of male lively as opposed to lady passive sexuality – which obscures the real nature of rape – is embedded within the dominant western symbolic body. via a Hegelian and phenomenological interpreting of first-person debts by way of rape sufferers, she excavates an realizing of rape that still begins to open up a manner out of the denial and destruction of woman sexual subjectivity.

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The problematic and incomplete way in which ownership of sexual body property was transferred to the woman in question exposes for me the fault lines of a The Impossibility of Rape 37 monosexual symbolic order for which women’s sexualised bodies form the outer border or limit. This failure in particular illustrates why women cannot be simply ‘included’ under an inherently masculine paradigm, in this case a masculine paradigm of ownership of objectified female sexual body property. I will now show in what the incompleteness and the unease lies.

This failure in particular illustrates why women cannot be simply ‘included’ under an inherently masculine paradigm, in this case a masculine paradigm of ownership of objectified female sexual body property. I will now show in what the incompleteness and the unease lies. The previous South African legal definition of rape1 stated that: ‘a man commits rape when he engages in intercourse with a woman 2; by force or threat of force; against her will and without her consent’. The strange thing about this formulation (cf.

This would also help account for the fact that the local reconciliation debate has been slow to develop any view ‘from women’s side’. This unfortunately also means that the marginalization of women could not be contained in an evil apartheid past but has instead survived the political transition remarkably well12 . Perhaps the crucial reason why the question of forgiveness cannot (in the present tense) be posed to women victims of rape is because women’s sex-specifi c oppression has not yet passed, has in fact not even been acknowledged.

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