Law and Philosophy

, Volume 8, Issue 2, pp 217–243

Date rape: A feminist analysis

  • Lois Pineau

DOI: 10.1007/BF00160012

Cite this article as:
Pineau, L. Law Philos (1989) 8: 217. doi:10.1007/BF00160012


This paper shows how the mythology surrounding rape enters into a criterion of ‘reasonableness’ which operates through the legal system to make women vulnerable to unscrupulous victimization. It explores the possibility for changes in legal procedures and presumptions that would better serve women's interests and leave them less vulnerable to sexual violence. This requires that we reformulate the criterion of consent in terms of what is reasonable from a woman's point of view.

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Lois Pineau
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  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyKansas State UniversityManhattanU.S.A.