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(Re)Defining Rape: The Crippled Body as a Site of Power Open Access

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There is nothing natural or permanent about the body and its sexuality. The "sexual" is constructed through a host of discourses including the legal, penal, medical, psychological and linguistic practices. Similarly, abuse has its own evolving history. I argue that the script of rape involves a flux of transforming masculinities and femininities, which destabilize the national rhetoric of gender. Rape shatters the sociological construct of gender to foreground the biological components of sex. Some of the questions which I intend to explore in my thesis are: How does physical violence translate into psychological trauma? How do women recast rape to acquire agency? How is rape performance?

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