, Volume 8, Issue 2, pp 217-243

Date rape: A feminist analysis

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Abstract

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.