Rape: From Lucretia to #MeToo | Mithu Sanyal

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The racist agenda behind rape reporting

Who is sentenced for rape and who gets the longest sentences? How do right-wing media skew rape statistics to support their racist agenda? Mithu Sanyal explains the racist system that underpins media reporting around rape, especially after the New Year's Eve sexual assaults in Cologne.

Rape: from Lucretia to #MeToo

Mithu Sanyal explores how contemporary expectations around responses to rape can be dated back as far as Lucretia.

Masculinity and male victims

Mithu Sanyal explains why we need to include men in statistics around rape and sexual assault.

In conversation with Mithu Sanyal | the full interview

Thanks to Title IX cases, #MeToo, and #Times Up, the issue of rape seems to be constantly in the news. But our thinking on the subject has a long history, one that cultural critic Mithu Sanyal elegantly reconstructs. She narrates a history spanning from Lucretia—whose legendary rape and suicide was said to be the downfall of the last Roman king—to second-wave feminism, Tarzan, and Roman Polanski.

Sanyal demonstrates that the way we understand rape is remarkably (and alarmingly) consistent across the ages, even though the world has changed beyond recognition. It is high time for a new and informed debate about sexual violence, sexual boundaries, and consent.

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