By Louise Du Toit
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Du Toit examines the phenomenon of rape utilizing a feminist philosophical discourse relating women’s subjectivity and selfhood. The publication presents a critique of the dominant figuring out of rape and its linked harm, and indicates alternatives.
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Without such anchoring of ourselves, without such continuity in matter and in visible space, argues Young, humans are literally lost. Home is thus not only a physical space that extends our bodily habits and supports our daily routines. It is also the sedimented material of our personal narratives. This implies that homemaking activities (as distinguished from housework) give material support to the identities of those whose home it is, and this is always in process. Homemaking furthermore preserves histories that extend beyond the present occupants of the home to include the intergenerational; it can preserve the link with time and with family history, and can thus give one a sense of belonging to a particular history or ongoing narrative that transcends one’s particular life.
In the current, postapartheid postcolony which is South Africa, the feminine stands to an extent for that which is not yet at home, and this includes the poor and people living with HIV and AIDS. Because the dominant order in a sense knows that homes create identity and the possibility of political and symbolic resistance through selflove and self-affi rmation, strategies to render the political enemy (women, within patriarchy) homeless and rootless, drifting and unsure of themselves have always been in place.
Women were reduced to their sex and thus stripped of their full humanity; a fuller analysis of this rapist logic follows in Chapter 3. In ANC camps abroad women ‘comrades’ were raped (used as concubines), and their role in the movement thereby reduced to a sexual function. Maybe this is the key to Derrida’s ‘impossibility of forgiveness’: rape is to such an extent constitutive of the moral-political order, that it cannot appear as a transgression within that order because when it does, it threatens the very foundations of the order.
A Philosophical Investigation of Rape (Routledge Research in Gender and Society) by Louise Du Toit