n South African Journal on Human Rights - The rhetoric of rape : an extended note on apologism, depoliticisation and the male gaze in Ndou v S
|Article Title||The rhetoric of rape : an extended note on apologism, depoliticisation and the male gaze in Ndou v S|
|© Publisher:||Juta Law Publishing|
|Journal||South African Journal on Human Rights|
|Affiliations||1 University of Pretoria|
|Publication Date||Jan 2014|
|Pages||134 - 158|
|Keyword(s)||Gender, Judges and Rape|
ISI Social Science
In this extended note, I provide a critical reading of the recent Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) judgment in Ndou v S against contemporary feminist theories of rape and specifically, feminist engagements with the concepts of 'consent' and 'force'. This reading aims to explore, analyse and expose the 'rhetoric' or discourse of rape employed in the Ndou judgment. In other words, it aims to question what rape mythology and normative theory of sex and gender relations was at work in the judge's decision to reduce the sentence of life imprisonment that the appellant had originally received after being found guilty of raping his 15-year-old stepdaughter? What was the broader gender-cultural source of the implicit assumptions that generated the factors the judge identified as constituting the substantial and compelling circumstances that warranted such a reduction?
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