Rape Myths In Literature

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Even if the world steps into the modern era, the false beliefs will not vanish. One of the most false beliefs in the world of chaos is the concept of rape myths. These myths obviously appear throughout literature as seen in Katy Lewis’s research paper (2017). She is a master student from Illinois State University. Lewis explores about rape myths in her research paper “She Wanted It?: Examining Young Adult Literature And Its Portrayals Of Rape Culture (2017).” In this thesis, it consists of four novels which are related to rape myths: Anderson’s Speak (1999), Lynch’s Inexcusable (2005), Quintero’s Gabi, A Girl in Pieces (2014), and Summers’s All The Rage (2015). Lewis studies how the four young adult novels attend to ideologically relate to …show more content…
Moreover, she represents about a hidden points of patriarchal culture which appear in the book and film Macabre Case of Prom Pi Ram. Sonphlay mainly focuses on five factors: the myth of rapist, causes of rape, victim selection, and power of rape and, power of karma. Firstly, myth of rapist shows that the stereotype of rapist does not only limit in the lower class but every class also can become the rapist as well as the lower class. Especially, the myth of rapist is portrayed as a bad character by the eyes of the society. Secondly, another reason of rape is sexual desire. Therefore, perpetrator rapes victim because of sexual instinct. In addition, rape is the way to make a man happy. On the other hand, Savetwimon and Udomdej make the righteousness of perpetrator. They suggest that the disorder characterized; as a result, they have a reason to rape. Thirdly, an alienated person is chosen by rapist. The victim gets raped because she lives in the other community groups. Furthermore, the main character – Sumnieang is raped …show more content…
The result of this research demonstrates the significance of raping into 5 points: 1) Rapists have ill-will and rape victims become stigmatized; 2) Rapists are criminals and rape victims are to blame for behavior that violate social norms; 3) Rapists and / or rape victims need psychological therapy; 4) Rapists belong to an upper social class while rape victims belong to a lower class; 5) Rapists and rape victims are worthless. Moreover, this research also explains the writers’ attitude on rape also effects on the rapists’ sexual drive, cause of rape, and the life of rape victim after raping. So, there are issues on the attitude of writers which challenge to criticize: 1) psychological / mental infirmity and disaster in the lives of rapists and rape victims; 2) emotional weakness of rapists and rape victims and their regained self-determination; and 3) rapists’ social privileges in contrast with rape victims’ self-assertion strengthened by their lovers’ morale support. Wanna also concludes that the criticizing on strength and weakness of both rapist and rape victim refers to the significance of reveling the stereotype of sexual assault. Moreover, the objective of writers is to destroy the

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