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Re-Centering Rape: Assessing Historical Narratives

Pendigrast, Keisha

I will pursue the act of re-centering rape as a specific and rampantly pervasive tool of enforcing power within the Jim Crow South in the U.S. and in India under colonial rule. I will make the argument that once rape is recognized as more than a mere bi-product of society, but instead as a central apparatus for subjugation, freedom movements must then focus on anti- rape rhetoric in order to achieve societal ‘wellness’. Historic freedom movements, which we are taught to be grateful for, ignored the centrality of rape and engaged the pursuit of freedom as a competition in masculinity. I will argue that this has enabled rape to persist through to our contemporary existence, rendering the most marginalized women the most vulnerable, and ultimately inhibiting true liberation for the formerly colonized or subjugated group.

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Union Theological Seminary
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May 3, 2016
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