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International Journal of Applied Philosophy

Volume 14, Issue 2, Fall 2000

Jane Duran
Pages 191-196

Rape as a Form of Torture

Using material taken from contemporary feminist theory and also from work on human rights, it is argued that rape is a form of torture, and that it operates on powerful levels, both literally and metaphorically. Part of the argument is that rape has achieved the status it has as political force for exploitation because of strong beliefs about cultural reproduction and about the roles that women play in cultural reproduction.

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