By Louise Du Toit
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Du Toit examines the phenomenon of rape utilizing a feminist philosophical discourse relating women’s subjectivity and selfhood. The ebook offers a critique of the dominant realizing of rape and its linked harm, and indicates alternatives.
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Women’s own becomings thus become the casualties of uncritical (unreflective) theories about reconciliation and forgiveness: hence the structural impossibility of women accusing and women forgiving. Hence also the reduction of ‘reconciliation’ and ‘forgiveness’ to nothing more than a brotherly embrace in the mother’s house. Black and white brothers reconcile in the house that the mother has prepared (that she in a sense is) and that she is also supposed to maintain, but at the cost of her own belonging (and becoming).
Women were routinely ‘seized’ or ‘carried off’ or ‘snatched’, with the implication that they (their sexuality and labour) were consumed, used or enjoyed, but this implication was not explicitly referred to and was apparently not regarded as a separate crime perpetrated against the women rather than their rightful owners. A clear implication of this usage is also that the rightful owner cannot logically rape the woman; it is an impossibility. This impossibility reflects the similar impossibility of a woman being regarded as a sexual subject within this symbolic order.
In this sense the borderline position of femininity with regard to the political sphere (the nation) as well as the home, can be activated to disrupt rather than affi rm the dominant order, including its insistence on a clear divide between the private, sexual sphere and the political. In the current, postapartheid postcolony which is South Africa, the feminine stands to an extent for that which is not yet at home, and this includes the poor and people living with HIV and AIDS. Because the dominant order in a sense knows that homes create identity and the possibility of political and symbolic resistance through selflove and self-affi rmation, strategies to render the political enemy (women, within patriarchy) homeless and rootless, drifting and unsure of themselves have always been in place.
A Philosophical Investigation of Rape (Routledge Research in Gender and Society) by Louise Du Toit