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Unschuldige Täter und schuldhafte Opfer – Konstruktionen sexueller Gewalt um 1900 Innocent Perpetrators, Guilty Victims—Constructions of Sexualised Violence between 1870 and 1914

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Author(s): Hania Siebenpfeiffer

Journal: querelles-net
ISSN 1862-054X

Volume: 3;
Issue: 6;
Date: 2002;
Original page

Keywords: Gewalt | Macht | Neuzeit | Recht | Geschlecht | Gender

ABSTRACT
e jedoch nur geringfügig.Using scientific records and historical legal cases as her sources, Tanja Hommen examines the narrative constructions of (male) perpetrators and (female) victims, taking into account the structures gender and power in which they are embedded. She investigates the discursive strategies which reverse the hierarchical relation between female victims and male aggressors which present the male offender as a “victim” of female sexual seduction, driven by his sexual desires. The female victim, on the other hand, is constructed as a hysterical and therefore unreliable witness. Unfortunately, Hommen does not include media reports which might have provided valuable information about public images and constructions of sexual violence of that time, thus omitting a link between an overarching discourse on the one hand and its legal consequences on the other hand. However, this omission does not weaken the overall strength of this book in which Hommen succeeds at thoroughly investigating an issue t that has long been neglected in academic research.
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