SOC219H5 Lecture Notes - Lecture 3: White Supremacy, Susan Brownmiller, Sexual Coercion

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Davis, Angela. "Rape, Racism and the Myth of the Black Rapist." Women, Race
and Class (1982): 173-201.
Historically in the US, who tends to be convicted on rape charges?
Black men tend to be convicted of rape charges.
“Sexual coercion was, rather, an essential dimension of the social relations
between _slavemaster_ and _slave__.” (pg. 175)
“Racism has always drawn strength from its ability to encourage _sexual_
_coercion__.” (pg. 177)
Rape was used as a weapon of _mass_ _terrorism_ during the Vietnam
War. (pg. 177)
How do anti-rape theorists such as Susan Brownmiller “ignore the part played
by racism in instigating rape”? (pg. 177)
Anti-rape theorists, such as Susan Susan Brownmiller, “ignore the part they played by
racism in instigating rape” by “claiming that men of colour are especially prone to commit
sexual violence against women.” Susan Brownmiller claims this is because other legitimate
forms of masculinity are not accessible, and the act of rape is accessible, men of colour are to
blame. (pg. 177-178)
Why didn’t lynching occur extensively prior to the end of slavery? (pg. 183)
How did the criminalization of rape justify the lynching of newly-freed Black
men in the American South?
Lynching didn’t occur extensively prior to the end of slavery because slave owners were
reluctant to destroy their valuable property (slaves).
The criminalization of rape justified the lynching of newly freed Black men in the
American South by disguising the white fear of “black conspiracy to kill all whites”. They were
used to prevent Black Supremacy over whites and reaffirm white supremacy. (pg. 185-186)
What effect did the “mythical Black rapist” have on white women’s early
feminist efforts? (pg. 187)
The effect that the “mythical Black rapist” had on white women’s early feminist efforts
was that caused white women to “publicly vilify black men for their alleged attacks on white
women.”
Who has resurrected the myth of the Black rapist in the 1970s, according to
Davis? (pg. 196)
According to Davis, the white women associated with the battle against rape, such as
Susan Brownmiller, have resurrected the myth of the Black rapist in the 1970s.
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