Boeshart 2014 Misogyny

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Author: Sarah Boeshart

Title: Misogyny and Violence Against Black Lesbians

Subtitle: Discursive Constructions of "Corrective Rape" in South Africa

Thesis: M.A. Thesis, American University

Year: 2014

Pages: vii + 137pp.

Language: English

Keywords: 21st Century | South African History | Types: "Corrective Rape"

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Author: Sarah Boeshart, Department of Sociology and Criminology & Law, University of

Abstract: »“Corrective rape,” an act characterized as a man raping a lesbian in an effort to turn her straight, is a growing problem in South Africa. Despite being hailed as the rainbow nation, South Africa has neglected to address incidents of discrimination and hate crimes perpetrated against lesbians. In this thesis, I use an intersectional frame to examine accounts of “corrective rape” in 95 articles published between 2009 and 2013 in 13 different South African newspapers. I begin by tracing the production and construction of “corrective rape,” in particular how the media discourse constructs the attacks and how it marginalizes the women who survive these attacks. Then, drawing from poststructural discourse analysis, I demonstrate how South Africanness is constituted around discourses of lesbianism and “corrective rape,” in particular how the media discourse constructs how views on lesbians and “corrective rape” are either antithetical to being truly South African or are key in establishing oneself a part of democratic South African culture. Finally, I offer some thoughts on the implications these findings have for the global discourse on lesbians.« (Source: Thesis)


  Abstract (p. ii)
  Preface (p. iii)
  Acknowledgments (p. v)
  Chapter 1. Introduction (p. 1)
    Cultural Context (p. 4)
  Chapter 2. Literature Review (p. 8)
    Rape in South Africa (p. 9)
    Vulnerabilities of Lesbian Identities (p. 12)
    The Struggles of "Corrective Rape" (p. 16)
  Chapter 3. Theoretical Framework (p. 20)
    Intersectionality (p. 20)
      The Margin (p. 25)
    Poststructural Theory (p. 27)
  Chapter 4. Methodology (p. 39)
    Epistemology (p. 39)
    Analytic Induction (p. 40)
    Credibility (p. 42)
    Self-reflexivity (p. 43)
  Chapter 5. Method
  Chapter 6. Construction of Nationhood through Leslian Bodies (p. 53)
    South African-ness and Lesbianism (p. 53)
      Blackness and "Corrective Rape" (p. 62)
      Gendered Dimensions of "Corrective Rape" (p. 67)
    Summary of Theme (p. 70)
    Variations on the Construction of South African-ness and Lesbianism (p. 73)
    Summary of Variations in Relation to the Theme (p. 78)
    Discussion (p. 80)
  Chapter 7. The Construction of South African Nationalism through Inclusivity (p. 86)
    Accepting the Rainbow in the Nation (p. 86)
      Townships and "Corrective Rape" (p. 98)
    Summary of Theme (p. 103)
    Variations on Community through Inclusion (p. 105)
    Summary of Variations (p. 110)
    Discussion (p. 111)
  Chapter 8. Conclusion (p. 119)
    Limitations and Suggestions for Future Research (p. 120)
    Greater Applications (p. 122)
  Appendix A. Coding Structure (p. 125)
    Round One (p. 125)
    Round Two (p. 126)
    Round Three (p. 127)
  References (p. 128)

Wikipedia: Corrective rape

Added: August 30, 2014 – Last updated: August 30, 2014