Machoism and the Rape Epidemic in South Africa
Brigham Young University - J. Reuben Clark Law School
Sigma: Journal of Political and International Studies, Fall 2000
South Africa has the highest rape statistics of all countries not at war. A woman is raped every twenty-six seconds, and one in three South African women will be raped in their lifetime. Rape has reached epidemic proportions in South Africa.
To explain the high rates of rate, commentators usually blame high rates of unemployment, poverty, lack of education, drugs, and Western influence through the media. However, these reasons alone do not account for the overwhelmingly high incidence of rape in South Africa. Machoism, or exaggerated masculinity, is a root cause of the South African rape crisis. Machoism is a primary cause of violence, objectification of women, and rape in South Africa.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 11
Keywords: Rape, South Africa, machoism, gender violence, Xhosa, apartheidAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: December 16, 2009
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