Male/Male Rape and the "Taint" of Homosexuality


Sivakumaran, Sandesh. 2005. “Male/Male Rape and the ‘Taint’ of Homosexuality.” Human Rights Quarterly 27 (4): 1274-1306.

Author: Sandesh Sivakumaran


This article considers the problem of male/male rape. It explores reasons for the silence of the international community on the issue, principal among which is that it involves sexual activity between two men. Society considers any such contact to be indicative of homosexuality, regardless of any element of coercion. Given the prevalence of homophobia in society, this amounts to a ‘taint’ on the part of the victim of the rape. This article explores the notion and extent of such a ‘taint’ by analyzing the role of language and the stigma as felt by survivors, as intended by perpetrators, and as perpetuated by the state. 

Topics: Gender, Men, Sexual Violence, Rape, SV against Men, Sexuality

Year: 2005

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