Men in Groups: Collective Responsibility for Rape
Article first published online: 9 JAN 2009
1994 by Hypatia, Inc.
Special Issue: Feminism and Peace
Volume 9, Issue 2, pages 134–151, May 1994
How to Cite
MAY, L. and STRIKWERDA, R. (1994), Men in Groups: Collective Responsibility for Rape. Hypatia, 9: 134–151. doi: 10.1111/j.1527-2001.1994.tb00437.x
- Issue published online: 9 JAN 2009
- Article first published online: 9 JAN 2009
We criticize the following views: only the rapist is responsible since only he committed the act; no one is responsible since rape is a biological response to stimuli; everyone is responsible since men and women contribute to the rape culture; and patriarchy is responsible but no person or group. We then argue that, in some societies, men are collectively responsible for rape since most benefit from rape and most are similar to the rapist.