Philobiblon: Essential Reading: Rape in South Africa

Friday, December 30, 2005

Essential Reading: Rape in South Africa

A full, expert analysis of the problem of rape in South Africa - a reminder of the fact so often denied or rejected, that the crime is about power, not sex.

They were also “desperate protests against men’s loss of control” over women. Over the past century, radical changes in South Africa’s economy have profoundly affected gender norms and expectations and altered the balance of power between the sexes. In reaction, violent men were reviving old “scripts of male domination” with deep historical resonance.

The cultural relativist would deny it, but there are some cultures that don't deserve to survive, due to their damaging, dysfunctional nature. The problem is how to change them with as little damage as possible.

(Via The Rhine River.)


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