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Author: Chet Fransch

Title: The Reading of Simone de Beauvoir's Sexual Violence in Marriage within the Changing Climate of South Africa, c. 1948-2007

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In: Proceedings of the 18th Conference of the Simone de Beauvoir Society: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Edited by: Andrea Duranti and Matteo Tuveri

Place: Newcastle upon Tyne

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Year: 2017

Pages: 212-226

ISBN-10: 1443812714 (hbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

ISBN-13: 9781443812719 (hbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century, 21st Century | African History: South African History | Prosecution: Laws / 20th-Century Legislation, 21st-Century Legislation; Types: Marital Rape


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Abstract: »Another "country study" that makes use of Beauvoirian conceptual frameworks to analyse the female condition, this time with regard to South Africa, is provided by Chet Fransch (University of Stellenbosch) in his chapter "The reading of Simone de Beauvoir's sexual violence in marriage within the changing climate of South Africa, c. 1948-2007". Fransch reports that legal reforms on sexual violence and marriage have undergone several permutations in the South African context. Not only have legally recognised marriages become more inclusive but the limited recognition of traditional marriages has meant that more couples are protected by legislation, which, amongst other protectionist policies, entails greater legal recourse for any form of sexual violence or rape within marriage. The legal framework, however, does not automatically curtail societal views and attitudes toward gender power relations, and power rape in particular. Across this study, Fransch applies Simone de Beauvoir's theory on violence within marriage to specific people, situations and circumstances in order to foreground the changing nature of the legal and social views on marriage and sexual violence in the South African context from 1949 to 2010. He also argues that Beauvoir's philosophy can be applied in varying forms and within certain contexts upon the various "tribes" that make up the South African nation by using The Second Sex as a literary study in which the "literary truth" can enhance the historical understanding of sexuality and violence in South Africa.« (Source: Duranti, Andrea, and Matteo Tuveri. »Introduction.« Proceedings of the 18th Conference of the Simone de Beauvoir Society: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. Edited by Andrea Duranti et al. 2017: 13)

Wikipedia: History of Africa: History of South Africa | Law: Sex and the law / Law regarding rape | Sexual violence: Sexual violence in South Africa | Sexual violence: Types of rape / Marital rape | 20th-century French writers: Simone de Beauvoir / The Second Sex