Rape In War By Norman Whitfield And Barrett Strong

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Normally I would avoid cliché terms and avoid referencing overly used pop culture references, but this one is very appropriate given the topic. “War” originally written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong was one of the first politically charged Motown songs wrote in protest of the Vietnam War. First sang by the Temptations this song became the first of many Motown songs to declare political protests on the world climate, but for my generation many recognize the song as being soulfully shouted by Edwin Starr. The first line and subsequent famous chorus line being, “War, What is it good for?” has been muttered, shouted, mumbled, and sang by millions of people for over 40 years. The song says absolutely nothing, but I disagree. I think there is a place for war in this world still, and I think it serves a purpose.
If my introduction is any indication of my alignment I would have to say that I am firmly entrenched in the just war theory. I fully believe in the necessity of war, but I
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Rape. Rape can be considered an act of genocide based on the cultures acceptance of victims of rape. This is of course a direct reference to the text’s presentation of patrilineal organized societies, and the impregnation of women by members of other ethnic groups. (Fichtelberg 148) The physiological and emotional trauma of rape can also drive victims of rape out from their culture groups resulting in a loss of, well, numbers of people in a given ethnic group. The perception of some cultures that a victim of rape is somehow “impure” or “unclean” because of the rape can also result in an expulsion of women from the group. Again all resulting in a decrease in members of that group. As Fichtelberg puts it so succinctly, “these tragic consequences have the effect of destroying a people and a way of life, even if they don’t involve simple murder.” (Fichtelberg

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