The Sociology of Rape

Women Studies / April 23, 2015 / No Comments /
This paper examines domestic violence and rape in society today.

This paper explains how domestic violence refers to both mental and physical violence between adult intimate partners. It explores the indication that rape is used to regulate the power relations between the two genders and tries to maintain a certain cultural order between the genders in a culture with ever blurring boundaries.
“In the United States, at the end of the millennium, “domestic violence” is a code for physical and emotional brutality within intimate relationships, usually heterosexual. As a code, it glosses the intricate, layered connections of power relationships built on race, class, and gender hierarchies, each tied in unique fashion to requirements of female dependency. These power hierarchies recede as the discursive focus abstracts acts of violence as pathology to be remedied, separate from a critique of the relationships of dominance through which it is constituted. It is possible to oppose “domestic violence” and at the same time oppose all other efforts to restructure relations of dominance, including women’s subordination. (Warr, M. 1985)”

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