Re: Emerging rape thread

Harriet Whitehead (whitehea@WSUNIX.WSU.EDU)
Mon, 16 Jan 1995 08:35:27 -0800

I second Eve on these points, though I don't see that you have to go as
far afield as Micronesia to argue them. Rob's posting seems remarkably
naieve. Rape of whatever type, wherever it occurs, sends at least the
minimal message to all women to be fearful of men and of public life and
public space (where men seem to abound). If it furthers some "theoretical
agenda" to say this, well then perhaps the theory is a sound one.

Speaking of theoretical agendas, if one wants to buy into the
sociobiological argument cited, it seems one would have to then concede
that rape is part of the normal sexual repertory of all men, not simply
something that emerges among the desparate, since it would serve the
fitness of any man to spread his genes around by whatever means come to hand.

Harriet Whitehead
Anthropology, WSU