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Framing the Rape Victim: Gender and Agency Reconsideredby Carine M. Mardorossian
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In recent years, members of legal, law enforcement, media and academic circles have portrayed rape as a special kind of crime distinct from other forms of violence. In Framing the Rape Victim, Carine M. Mardorossian argues that this differential treatment of rape has exacerbated the ghettoizing of sexual violence along gendered lines and has repeatedly led to womenandrsquo;s being accused of triggering, if not causing, rape through immodest behavior, comportment, passivity, or weakness.
Contesting the notion that rape is the result of deviant behaviors of victims or perpetrators, Mardorossian argues that rape saturates our culture and defines masculinityandrsquo;s relation to femininity, both of which are structural positions rather than biologically derived ones. Using diverse examples throughout, Mardorossian draws from Hollywood film and popular culture to contemporary womenandrsquo;s fiction and hospitalized birth emphasizing that the position of dominant masculinity can be occupied by men, women, or institutions, while structural femininity is a position that may define and subordinate men, minorities, and other marginalized groups just as effectively as it does women.and#160; Highlighting the legacies of the politically correct debates of the 1990s and the terrorist attacks of 9/11, the book illustrates how the framing of the term andldquo;victimandrdquo; has played a fundamental role in constructing notions of agency that valorize autonomy and support exclusionary, especially masculine, models of American selfhood.
The gendering of rape, including by well-meaning, sometimes feminist, voices that claim to have victimsandrsquo; best interests at heart, ultimately obscures its true role in our culture. Both a critical analysis and a call to action, Framing the Rape Victim shows that rape is not a special interest issue that pertains just to women but a pervasive one that affects our society as a whole.
and#160;In recent years, members of legal, law enforcement, media and academic circles have portrayed rape as a special kind of crime distinct from other forms of violence. In Framing the Rape Victim, Carine M. Mardorossian argues that this differential treatment of rape has exacerbated the ghettoizing of sexual violence along gendered lines. Both a critical analysis and a call to action, Framing the Rape Victim shows that rape is not a special interest issue that pertains just to women but a pervasive one that affects our society as a whole.
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About the Author
and#160;CARINE M. MARDOROSSIAN is a professor of English at the University of Buffalo. Her first book was Reclaiming Difference: Caribbean Women Rewrite Postcolonialism.and#160;
Table of Contents
1. Framing the Victim
2. Rape and Victimology in Feminist Theory
3. andquot;Birth Rapeandquot;: Laboring Women, Coaching Men, and Natural Childbirth in the Hospital Setting
4. Prison Rape, Masculinity, and the Missed Alliances of Hollywood Cinema
5. Rape by Proxy in Contemporary Diasporic Women's Fiction
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