Reading Response about “Sexual Violence Is a Crime, Sometimes”:
Stop The Sexual Violence! Stop It!
In the article “Sexual Violence is a Crime, Sometimes”, the author is Maya Mikdashi who is well known for writing about gender and sectarian issues occurring in Lebanon. The author addresses a very touching and interesting topic, sexual violence, which should be everyone’s because anyone, no matter what is his or her gender, could be subjected to sexual violence. Marital rape has been a very prevalent issue in Lebanon, and the civil law exempts the husband who attempts marital rape. Although marriage grants both partners rights to each other’s bodies, this doesn’t mean that the man has the right to sexually abuse his wife without being punished.
In this article the author’s purpose is to persuade readers, specifically the Lebanese citizens that marital rape is like any kind of rape. She lists several countries that consider marital rape a criminal deed, unlike Lebanon whose culture and religious authorities have made it seem a very normal issue. Also, the author shows that Lebanon’s regulations and rules don’t give equal rights to both males and females. Finally, she calls for all Lebanese people to participate in the upcoming protest against rape including marital rape in order to change the law that protects it.
Moreover, the author uses various literature devices which are effective in delivering the message clearly to the readers, specifically the Lebanese citizens. They are the basis in building a very inspiring piece of writing that reach out for the readers and change their thoughts about marital rape in order to take an action and make a change. First, the author uses an articulate language, which is recognized through the direct words and easy expressions used, to make the text clear for the readers to comprehend and enjoyable to read. In addition to that, the author uses the word “sometimes” in the title presenting the issue of sexual violence sarcastically to draw reader’s attention to the consideration of this issue as a normal action. Furthermore, she uses the rhetorical mode, argumentation, to convince her readers that marital rape like any other type of rape and should be considered as a criminal deed. In the third paragraph, the author is trying to convince all of the Lebanese citizens to take action in the upcoming protest against rape since rape is an issue that concerns everyone and not just women.
Also, in the second paragraph, the author blames religion for being the major cause behind inequality between both genders. Also, she states that her being a Lebanese woman, her real enemy is the logic that unites together the religious authorities, the civil state, and criminal justice system (second paragraph). All Lebanese women might protest, could make marital rape penalized, and might do other protests to get other rights,...