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Making Sense of a Rape Photograph: Sexual Violence as Social Performance on the Eastern Front, 1939–1944

 

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Type:   Newspaper article
 
Title:   Making Sense of a Rape Photograph: Sexual Violence as Social Performance on the Eastern Front, 1939–1944
 
Author(s):   Mailänder, Elissa (1973-...) - Centre d'histoire de Sciences Po (Author)
 
In:   Journal of the History of Sexuality
 
Date issued:   2017-09
 
Publisher:   UNITED STATES
 
Volume:   26
 
Issue:   3
 
Pages:   489-520  p.
 
ISSN:   10434070
 
DOI:   10.7560/JHS26306
 
Keywords:   [en] Sexual Violence, WWII
 
Abstract:   [en] "This article begins with a disturbing image that has a no-less-unsettling provenance. It shows a group of fifteen young German soldiers standing in a semicircle, carousing and laughing as one of their comrades emultes a sex act with an unidentified woman who may or may not be dead. The laughter of his comrades suggests approval for the actons of the man on the ground. Although it is not clear if the photograph depicts an act of actual rape, its aftermath, or mere mimicry, what is certain is that the depicted scene ascribes the woman only one fonction: she is an object of amusement that mediates coercion and asymmetric power relations..."
 
 

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