October 18, 2008

Is This a Powerful Discourse on Sexual Assault, or Simply part of the Patriarchal Problem?

This is quite the powerful anti-Palin public service announcement. The only issue I have is that it pretty much talks exclusively about rape. Don't get me wrong, sexual assault is an important women's issue, but when we fixate on it again and again, it makes me wonder if in our culture rape is seen as so traumatic partly because we still associate a woman's self-worth with your sexuality and sexual purity. Maybe I'm being overly critical of the video, but it's overt preoccupation with "Rape," and its seeming conflation of women's rights in general with this singular issue with the diverse range of women's rights, just doesn't sit right with me.

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