Feminism, Foucault, and Rape: A Theory and Politics of Rape Prevention

Henderson, Holly
May 2007
Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice;2007, Vol. 22, p225
Academic Journal
The article examines the feminist and political implications of French philosopher Michael Foucault's assertion that rape should be punished as a form of physical violence and not as a sexual crime. The author argues that the notion of self-defense places the burden of prevention on the victim and not on the perpetrator. An analysis of feminist theories of rape and the aspects of power involved in the crime is presented. The author concludes that rape prevention through self defense is true physical feminism.


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