Rape : an act of genocide or a crime against gender? / by Gail Soonarane.
Is wartime rape a crime against gender or a genocidal act that implicates both gender and ethnicity? Rape-as-a-crime-against-gender is the very distortion of women's identities and experience that its proponents resist. It implies a one-dimensional victim, whose identity lies substantially in her sex. Its proponents style ethnicity, race, religion or nationality as secondary, if not irrelevant, identities. Rape is reduced to a closed exchange as between man and woman, in which the vulnerabilities to intersecting identities are not merely distorted, but denied. Rape-as-genocide accurately describes a systemic campaign of sexual assault without sacrificing the subjective experience of the victim. Though it acknowledges the community-wide implications to rape, this acknowledgement is peripheral to its real exercise, in which women are conceptualized as beings vested with identities beyond their anatomies, and sex as more than an erotic exchange between its immediate actors.
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