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Self-defense or undermining the self? Exploring the possibilities and limitations of a novel anti-rape technology

Self-defense or undermining the self? Exploring the possibilities and limitations of a novel anti-rape technology
Self-defense or undermining the self? Exploring the possibilities and limitations of a novel anti-rape technology
Despite decades of feminist-inspired law reforms, rape remains highly prevalent. While many continue to fight for broad cultural and institutional changes, some argue that more immediate interventions are required. Self-defense techniques represent a key strategy of resistance to rape, and empirical evidence suggests that women’s active resistance may hold a number of positive benefits. In this essay, we compare the aims and objectives of a novel anti-rape technology, known as the Rape-aXe, with traditional self-defense techniques, focusing upon the potential for both to resist individual acts of sexual aggression and, more broadly, end gendered sexual violence.
1077-8012
360-368
Rees, Gethin
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White, Deborah
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Rees, Gethin
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White, Deborah
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Rees, Gethin and White, Deborah (2014) Self-defense or undermining the self? Exploring the possibilities and limitations of a novel anti-rape technology. Violence Against Women, 20 (3), 360-368. (doi:10.1177/1077801214526309).

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Abstract

Despite decades of feminist-inspired law reforms, rape remains highly prevalent. While many continue to fight for broad cultural and institutional changes, some argue that more immediate interventions are required. Self-defense techniques represent a key strategy of resistance to rape, and empirical evidence suggests that women’s active resistance may hold a number of positive benefits. In this essay, we compare the aims and objectives of a novel anti-rape technology, known as the Rape-aXe, with traditional self-defense techniques, focusing upon the potential for both to resist individual acts of sexual aggression and, more broadly, end gendered sexual violence.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 16 April 2014
Published date: 2014
Organisations: Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology

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Local EPrints ID: 365075
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/365075
ISSN: 1077-8012
PURE UUID: 72d6cdc9-d6f0-4b17-832c-7c0f09757a94

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Date deposited: 20 May 2014 14:18
Last modified: 16 Jul 2019 21:05

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