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5 Hastings Women's L.J. 267 (1994)
A Response to Catherine MacKinnon's Article Turning Rape into Pornography: Postmodern Genocide

handle is hein.journals/haswo5 and id is 275 raw text is: A Response to Catharine MacKinnon's Article
Turning Rape Into Pornography: Postmodern
Genocide*
Vesna Kesic**
INTRODUCTION
Catharine MacKinnon, as is widely known, has instituted a civil lawsuit
against Radovan Karad i6, the leader of the Bosnian Serbs, for genocidal
acts of rape, forced pregnancy, enforced prostitution, other forms of torture,
and extrajudicial killings. I fully support this action, as do the women's
groups with which I work and, presumably, all feminist organizations in
Croatia and the rest of the world, including those in Belgrade. We all are
working to have war rape recognized and prosecuted as a war crime and
to expose the inadequate recognition and treatment of these violations of
women's human rights under current international and national laws.
'Ru-ning Rape Into Pornography: Postmodern Genocide presents
MacKinnon's development of her theories that address the conceptual and
factual background of mass rape in this war. Her development of these
theories, however, not only ignores and supplants the work already
undertaken by feminists around the world but also disregards essential facts.
MacKinnon's theories will not help to solve the problems in the former
Yugoslavia; they will not help to end the war or to stop the rapes and other
atrocities inflicted against women; nor will they help to re-establish any
type of civil cohabitation between south Slavic people in the future. I also
doubt that her methods will bring justice and satisfaction, or relief, to the
* The center of this critique is Catharine A. MacKinnon's article Turning Rape Into
Pornography: Postmodern Genocide, Ms., July/Aug. 1993, at 24.
** Vesna Kesic graduated with degrees in psychology and sociology at Zagreb
University. For 17 years she has worked as a professional journalist and editor in the
former Yugoslavia. Since the beginning of the war in former Yugoslavia she has been
active in anti-war and feminist activities. She is a co-founder of Initiative for Freedom of
Public Expression, Alternative Information Network, Center for Women War Victims,
Zagreb Women's Lobby, and B.a.B.e., a new women's rights group which stands for Be
active, be emancipated!

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