Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Although the proper definition of rape is itself a matter of some dispute, rape is generally understood to involve sexual penetration of a person by force and/or without that person's consent. Rape is committed overwhelmingly by men and boys, usually against women and girls, and sometimes against other men and boys. (For the most part, this entry will assume male perpetrators and female victims.)
Virtually all feminists agree that rape is a grave wrong, one too often ignored, mischaracterized, and legitimized. Feminists differ, however, about how the crime of rape is best understood, and about how rape should be combated both legally and socially.
Copyright © 2009, Rebecca Whisnant
Metaphysics Research Lab, Center for the Study of Language and Information, Stanford University
Place of Publication
Whisnant, Rebecca, "Feminist Perspectives on Rape" (2009). Philosophy Faculty Publications. 86.