Re: Is racism worse than sexism? Your choice of evils

Elizabeth Vance (epoland@OSF1.GMU.EDU)
Thu, 12 Jan 1995 21:42:10 -0500


I think thawhat happened was merely a poorly constructed sentence. I
don't think Ruby meant to say that where there is rape, there is
"cleansing". Rather, that where there is "cleansing", there is rape.
The way it was written, it is somewhat ambiguous, but that was how I
interpreted it.

- Elizabeth

> I find the last sentence an amazing generalization. It *is* true that the
> Bosnian muslim women (let us not forget that there are at least Muslim,
> Serbian, and Croat Bosnians) were raped for the purpose of maximum humiliation.
> It was hoped that they would be forced to have a Serbian child. What is
> suprising is that the writer generalizes "cleansing" to *all* rapes
> ("violating women"). This is incorrect. All rapes are not political.
> Most rapists do not care about the consequences of their act.
> Although I have no ready stats, rape is most often perverted pleasure. There
> is no political act in *their* mind. This brings us to the question of what
> defines any behavior pattern under scrutiny, the motivations of the
> participants or the viewer's thoughts about the act?
> In any event I stand ready to be corrected over my opposition to the
> generalization: :"Violating women is practically always involved with
> 'cleansing.'"
> Marius Johnston