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Author: Ann J. Cahill

Title: Foucault, Rape, and the Construction of the Feminine Body

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Journal: Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy

Volume: 15

Issue: 1

Year: February 2000 (Published online: January 16, 2009)

Pages: 43-63

ISSN: 0887-5367 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 1527-2001 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: Research: Feminist Theory



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Author: Ann Cahill, Department of Philosophy, Elon University

Abstract: »In 1977, Michel Foucault suggested that legal approaches to rape define it as merely an act of violence, not of sexuality, and therefore not distinct from other types of assaults. I argue that rape can not be considered merely an act of violence because it is instrumental in the construction of the distinctly feminine body. Insofar as the threat of rape is ineluctably, although not determinately, associated with the development of feminine bodily comportment, rape itself holds a host of bodily and sexually specific meanings.« (Source: Hypatia)


  The Body for Foucault (p. 46)
  The Feminine Body (p. 50)
  Rape and Feminine Bodily Comportment (p. 54)
  The Problem of Resistance (p. 57)
  The Act of Rape (p. 60)
  Notes (p. 61)
  References (p. 62)

Lecture: Cahill, Ann J. »Foucault, Rape, and the Construction of the Feminine Body.« 34th Meeting of the Society of Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy. Chicago 1995. – Bibliographic Entry: Info

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