War Rape, Natality and Genocide

Citation:

Schott, Robin May. 2011. “War Rape, Natality and Genocide.” Journal of Genocide Research 13 (1-2): 5-21.

Author: Robin May Schott

Abstract:

Feminist philosophy can make an important contribution to the field of genocide studies, and issues relating to gender and war are gaining new attention. In this article I trace legal and philosophical analyses of sexual violence against women in war. I analyze the strengths and limitations of the concept of social death—introduced into this field by Claudia Card—for understanding the genocidal features of war rape, and draw on the work of Hannah Arendt to understand the central harm of genocide as an assault on natality. The threat to natality posed by the harms of rape, forced pregnancy and forced maternity lie in the potential expulsion from the public world of certain groups—including women who are victims, members of the 'enemy' group, and children born of forced birth.

Topics: Armed Conflict, Gender, Women, Gender-Based Violence, Genocide, Health, Reproductive Health, Sexual Violence, Rape, SV against women

Year: 2011

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