Conceptualizing Rape as Coerced Sex

Ethics 127 (1):50-87 (2016)
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Several prominent theorists have recently advocated reconceptualizing rape as “nonconsensual sex,” omitting the traditional “force” element of the crime. I argue that such a conceptualization fails to capture what is distinctively problematic about rape for women and why rape is pivotal in supporting women’s gender oppression. I argue that conceptualizing rape as coerced sex can replace both the force and nonconsent elements and thereby remedies some of the main difficulties with extant definitions, especially in recognizing “acquaintance” rape as such. I argue that this approach helps explain its distinctive badness both for the individual victims and for women as a group.

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Scott Anderson
University of British Columbia


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