Introduction

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.

November 3, 2012

ART: The ‘Condemned Criminals’: sexual violence, race, and manliness in colonial Australia

Author: Amanda Kaladelfos
Title: The ‘Condemned Criminals’
Subtitle: sexual violence, race, and manliness in colonial Australia
Journal: Women’s History Review
Volume: 21
Issue: 5
Year: 2012
Pages: 697-714
ISSN: 0961-2025 - eISSN: 1747-583X
Language: English
Full Text: Taylor & Francis Online [Restricted access]

Abstract: »In 1879, the New South Wales government took the unusual step of recommending the execution of three men—two white and one black—for two separate crimes of rape. The government's decision provoked outcry from capital punishment abolitionists who inundated the parliament and press with appeals for mercy, and held sensational public rallies decrying the use of the death penalty. Politicians' varied responses to the crimes show their preoccupations in ensuring ideals of colonial manliness and colonial honour remained intact no matter what the cost. This case offers an important example of the complex relationship between gender, race, sexuality and colonial politics.« [Source: Women’s History Review]