A Critical Analysis Of Camille Paglia's On Date Rape

861 Words4 Pages
A Critical Analysis of Camille Paglia: “On Date Rape” Date Rape, as defined by the oxford dictionary; “forced sexual intercourse by a male acquaintance of a woman, during a voluntary social engagement in which the woman did not intend to submit to the sexual advances, and resisted the acts”. This defers from other types of rape due to the fact that the victim and the rapist have some type of social relationship leaving the victim more venerable. Rohypnol, also known as “the date rape drug”, is a narcotic used in social events to attempt to sexually assault a person. The drug is normally administered into some unsuspecting woman’s drink. It is colorless, orderless and flavorless, thus making it a very dangerous narcotic. Paglia takes this…show more content…
However women's rights movements started way before the 60's. The beginning of women's suffrage is normally dated back to the “Declaration of Sentimens” this was produced at the first womens rights convention in Seneca Falls, N.Y. In 1848 ("women’s movement." Encyclopædia Britannica). When she claims that her generation “broke these rules”, she makes it sound as if her generation paved the way for women's rights. However records go as far back as ancient Greece, more specificity ancient Sparta, that women could own land, the most prestigious form of private property in that time. Who can forget perhaps the most famous Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton? These two women fought to achieve voting rights for women by means of a congressional amendment to the constitution ("women’s movement." Encyclopædia Britannica).. With out the things many women have accomplished in the past, way before Paglia's time, she would not have the right to even speak her mind, or much less publish an article about the…show more content…
They come from a protected white, middle-class world, and they expect everything to be safe.” Also stating “Notice it's not the black or Hispanic women who are making a fuss about this – they come from cultures that are fully sexual and they are fully realistic about sex. However RAINN (Rape, Abuse,and Incest National Network) has said that 17.6% of White, Hispanic and Non- Hispanic women have been raped or attempted to be rape, with Black women at 18.8%("Statistics”| RAINN). The numbers are just to close to be able to single out just one race or

More about A Critical Analysis Of Camille Paglia's On Date Rape

Open Document