the strength of a society’s commitment to certain core values such as bodilyintegrity, personal autonomy and gender equality can be measured by theeffectiveness with which it outlaws sexual aggression and exploitation, the extentto which it tolerates consensual, non-exploitative sexual relations, and the fairnesswith which it treats both victims and perpetrators of sexual crime.
This article will endeavour to discuss rape in some detail from a sociological perspectiveencompassing a historical, law, and feminist perspective.
It will also discuss the socialand legal attitudes to rape and society’s treatment of those who fall victim to thisdegrading and sometimes life consuming crime. Furthermore, it will provide somesuggestions for improvements to current Irish law in relation to rape and sexual offences,and to victim treatment, before, during, and after court proceedings.
Brownmiller argues that women, throughout history, have been subjugated to male desireand wishes and that by the very design of the human body the woman was forced toaccept man as the protector and subjugator.
However, as people began to formcommunities “the societal view of woman as chattel predominated.”
This article deals specifically with the issue of rape of a woman by a man as the majority of rape falls intothis category.
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