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The bibliography provides information on writings dealing with the history of rape, including sexual child abuse, sexual harassment, sexual molestation, child prostitution, forced prostitution, sexual slavery, sexual(ized) violence. The blog informs about calls for papers, forthcoming events and new literature in this field.

September 21, 2013

ART: The Tactics of Menstruation in Dutch Cases of Sexual Assault and Infanticide, 1750-1920

Author: Willemijn Ruberg
Title: The Tactics of Menstruation in Dutch Cases of Sexual Assault and Infanticide, 1750-1920
Subtitle: -
Journal: Journal of Women's History
Volume: 25
Issue: 3
Year: Fall 2013
Pages: 14-37
ISSN: 1042-7961 - eISSN: 1527-2036
Language: English
Full Text: Project MUSE [Restricted Access]

Abstract: »This article analyzes menstruation talk in Dutch cases of sexual assault and infanticide as an example of embodiment: of the interaction between cultural models of menstruation and their interpretation by contextualized and sometimes resisting bodies of women acting in court cases. It argues that the French philosopher Michel de Certeau's notion of tactics can be applied to the strategies women used when discussing menstruation in court. Since many different models of menstruation coexisted and were often contradicting, as recent research has shown, this offered some leeway to choose those interpretations which possibly served women's judicial fate; for instance, claiming not to have known of their pregnancy because of continuing menses, asserting having miscalculated their due dates, and avowing they were simply severely menstruating while actually giving birth. Women played with knowledge and ignorance in regard to bodily functions like menstruation, indicating their use of tactics, while resisting normative images of the body.« [Source: Journal of Women's History]

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