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“Excuse Me, But Are You Raping Me Now?”: Discourse and Experience in (the Grey Areas of) Sexual Violence
Department of Gender Studies, Lund University, Lund, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7766-8696
2018 (English)In: NORA: Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research, ISSN 0803-8740, E-ISSN 1502-394X, Vol. 26, no 1, p. 4-18Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In feminist research on sexual violence and victimization, the relationship between discourse and experience has often been at the forefront of intense debates. Poststructuralist scholars have emphasized that the discourses used to name sexual violence may in fact perpetuate the very problem they set out to describe, by freezing women into powerless positions of rapability. Others have likened this sort of argument to anti-feminist trivialization of the pervasively gendered experiential reality to which such discourses refer, highlighting that women’s victimization is not a discursive problem. In this article, I seek to carve out a path that cuts through such polarization by exploring the multifaceted dialectical relationship between, on one hand, gendered discourses on sex and sexual violence and, on the other, people’s reported experiences of these phenomena and, in particular, of the ‘grey area’ between sex and sexual violence; I do this by analysing autobiographical stories from the influential Swedish campaign #prataomdet (#talkaboutit), which emphasized the need for a new language that can do justice to people’s experiences of sexual violence and the grey area between sex and sexual violence.

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Routledge, 2018. Vol. 26, no 1, p. 4-18
Keywords [en]
continuum of sexual violence, discourse, experience, grey area of sexual violence, men’s unwanted sex, #prataomdet, rape script, sexual violence, #talkaboutit
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Gender Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-73097DOI: 10.1080/08038740.2017.1395359ISI: 000424428500002Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85041664253OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-73097DiVA, id: diva2:1295714
Available from: 2019-03-12 Created: 2019-03-12 Last updated: 2019-06-18Bibliographically approved

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