College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences Theses and Dissertations

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Women & Gender Studies


rape culture, discursive analysis, MRA, new right, legal history of rape


In this piece, I will explore the efforts of the Right to delegitimize the legal gains made by women in the fight against rape. I will begin with a brief context of rape law in America, and then explain exactly what precedent the judicial system in Michigan set for a woman’s ability to achieve justice legally in terms of rape. Then, I will show the response of the New Right (through multi-faceted means) to fight against the credibility of women who both legally and politically. Finally, I will show the manifestation of this response in the present-day rise of Men's Rights Activists, amorphous and ambiguous movements which seek to dismantle rape laws online.