Framing The Rape Victim Analysis

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Mardorossian, Carine M. Framing the Rape Victim: Gender and Agency Reconsidered. Rutgers
University Press, 2014

“We live in a “rape culture” … not because U.S. culture is inherently in the business of normalizing sexual violence against women but because violence is an inherently sexualized phenomenon of which rape is the extreme form” (Mardorossian 8). In Carine M. Mardorossian’s, Framing the Rape Victim, the feminist professor voices how gendered crime continues to remain marginalized as a “woman’s issue” and fights to expose the truth regarding what it is and what it is not, and who is held accountable and who is not. Rape is a reflected as a distinct type of crime, differentiated from that of other forms of violence (homicide,
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For far too long, I, myself hid the fact that I was raped and abused, because I feared the embarrassment and humiliation of admitting it. I thought that being a victim held such a negative connotation and I assumed that it was my own fault for putting myself in that position to begin with, and consequently I held myself accountable for the repercussions to follow my actions. The truth of the matter is that there were, still are, and always will be strong emotional ties after such an act of aggression, and many other victims will concur. But, just because of these minor setbacks, I still have full capacity to help transform society’s interpretations and eliminate myself from being just another statistic in the …show more content…
For instance, she composes the generality that “rape is either sensationalized as an extraordinary occurrence or naturalized as part of our culture (though the coining of the term “rape culture,” for instance) (Mardorossian 66). She embraces two polarized perspectives, but disregards the middle ground. She coins rape as either an everyday part of society, or as an extraterrestrial incident, but fails to realize that rape is actually a fusion of the two extremes. In her eyes, there is only a “right” or “wrong,” and anything other than those two extremes, is invalid or insignificant enough to mention.
Additionally, in chapter three, “Birth Rape,” the feminist encompasses a bias, because of her own personal anecdote of her childbirth experience with her husband. She focuses on her own encounter and generalizes a broad perspective and unsuccessfully elaborates on “birth rape” instances or statistics and obstetric violence in hospital settings.
Framing the Rape Victim sheds light on a damagingly growing topic and raises controversy amongst rape, victimization, agency, and sexual violence. Carine Mardorossian’s strong feminist approach at analyzing the book examines and disputes society and other feminist concepts in relation to rape and gender

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