Vergewaltigungsfantasien II

Ich hatte das Thema Vergewaltigungsfantasien schon einmal aufgegriffen.

Eine nette darauf beruhende Spitze auf die feministischen Theorien findet sich hier:

Well, perhaps they did not take enough Women’s Studies classes in college, because as we all know by now, consent is sexy, and having her husband ask permission to have sex with her is what every woman secretly craves. Those fantasies are called permission fantasies, don’t you know, and every woman has them, which is why the Fifty Shades series was such a colossal failure with women. (…)

Okay, I’m being facetious. Most women have ravishment fantasies, not permission fantasies. Why? Feminists have always answered this question with a highly unsatisfying blame game: they say that women only want to be ravished because they really desire sex but have been socialized that good girls don’t like sex, so they have to pretend that they are being ravished or raped so that they don’t feel guilty for actually wanting sex so much.

(der weitere Text wird mir dann am Ende zu christlich, aber gut)

Das diese Theorien nicht so zutreffend sind, wird dann mit dem folgenden Text begründet (der auf die bereits im ersten Text dargestellte Studie abstellt)

Previous research into this topic found that between 31% and 62% of women have rape fantasies. The authors of the new study posed the following question: “To be sexually aroused by such an imagined scenario represents a psychological mystery. Why fantasize about a criminal act which in reality is repulsive and harrowing?”

The researchers, based at the University of North Texas and the University of Notre Dame, studied 355 young women. In one of the exercises, the women’s arousal levels were studied as they listened to a ravishment fantasy scenario over headphones (gotta love audio erotica!) — and we say ravishment in this case because the scenario was pulled from the kind of story lines typical to romance novels… i.e. it was very clearly an erotic fantasy and not an actual account of a real-life rape. The women listening were told to imagine themselves as the woman in the narrative.

So why are women turned on by this kind of scenario? In the past, the theory went that women didn’t want to be perceived as “slutty” for enjoying sex, and so rape fantasies were a way to avoid taking blame for their sexual desires. We’re delighted to report that the researchers of this new study found no such thing!…

On the contrary, in fact: This new study found that the less repressed about sex women said they were and the more positive attitudes they had about sex, the more likely they were to fantasize about rape or ravishment. It makes sense, when you think about it: These women are more open to fantasy in general, and are less likely to feel guilty about their fantasy lives.

…And just in case that doesn’t completely shut down the slut-shame theory: Women who reported more rape fantasies were more likely to have high self-esteem.

Einen guten Überblick über die verschiedenen Theorien erhält man auch in dieser Studie:

This article is the first systematic review of the research literature on women’s rape fantasies. Current research indicates that between 31% and 57% of women have fantasies in which they are forced into sex against their will, and for 9% to 17% of women these are a frequent or favorite fantasy experience. Erotic rape fantasies are paradoxical: they do not appear to make sense. Why would a person have an erotic and pleasurable fantasy about an event that, in real life, would be abhorrent and traumatic? In this article, the major theories of women’s rape fantasies are evaluated both rationally and empirically. These theories explain rape fantasies in terms of masochism, sexual blame avoidance, openness to sexuality, sexual desirability, male rape culture, biological predisposition to surrender, sympathetic physiological activation, and adversary transformation. This article evaluates theory and research, makes provisional judgments as to which theories appear to be most viable, and begins the task of theoretical integration to arrive at a more complete and internally consistent explanation for why many women engage in erotic rape fantasies. Methodological critiques and programs for future research are presented throughout.