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This book critically explores the intersections between male rape, masculinities, and sexualities. It examines the ways in which male rape is policed, responded to, and addressed by state and voluntary agencies in Britain. The book uncovers how notions of gender, sexualities and masculinities shape these agencies’ understanding of male rape and their views of men as victims of rape. Javaid pays particular attention to the police and deconstructs police subculture to consider whether it influences and shapes the ways in which police officers provide services for male rape victims. Grounded in qualitative interviews and data derived from the state and voluntary sector, this book will be invaluable reading for sociologists, criminologists, and social scientists who are keen to learn more about gender, policing, sexual violence and male sexual victimisation.

Inhaltsverzeichnis

Frontmatter

Chapter 1. Introduction

The book begins by setting the scene and context relating to male rape, showing how there is a lack of published work on male rape, particularly on how the state and third sector deal with and respond to male sexual victimisation. It highlights gaps in this nuanced area of male rape. The prevalence, nature, pattern, and extent of male rape are introduced, highlighting a need to write about this niche area. The introduction will close by outlining the structure for the rest of the book. By the end, this introduction will motivate readers to learn more about the neglecting phenomenon of male rape.
Aliraza Javaid

Chapter 2. Gendering Rape: (Dis)Connecting Men and Rape

This chapter highlights the aims of the book and defines and discusses the problematic terms of ‘male rape’ and ‘male rape myths’ in depth. It also introduces the roles gender, sexualities, and masculinities play in the subject of male rape, while explaining the purpose of the book. Therefore, the aims and purposes of the book are clarified. The empirical component of the book is also briefly introduced, sketching out the method and methodological approach adopted for the book. Fundamentally, the chapter seeks to cover the groundwork for critically discussing male sexual victimisation in the ensuing chapters.
Aliraza Javaid

Chapter 3. Uncovering Male Sexual Victimisation

This chapter contextualises the issue of male sexual victimisation while critically examining existing work on the policing of male rape. This chapter is a critical engagement with the literature surrounding male rape and explores the different male rape myths and stereotypes present in societies and in the police, with a view to test such myths in the empirical part of the book (the primary data is presented and analysed in Chapters 57). It is important to provide context and depth to the empirical chapters that will soon follow, in which the findings of this book will be presented and analysed.
Aliraza Javaid

Chapter 4. Researching Male Sexual Victimisation: ‘The Personal Is Political’

This chapter critically discusses the research methods used in this book. The empirical research took on a qualitative approach. Because male rape is a sensitive issue, it is important and essential to give some consideration to the literature on researching sensitive topics, and the difficulties for the writer researching such a sensitive topic, such as the stigma it creates for the writer in a professional and personal capacity. This will be supplemented with a discussion of the importance of reflexivity; the author talks about his own experience of rape and places this in an academic context, using sociological and criminological literature on reflexivity.
Aliraza Javaid

Chapter 5. Hegemonic Masculinity, Heteronormativity, and Male Rape

This empirical chapter will test the dissimilar male rape myths that have been found in previous literature that have been drawn on in Chapter 3. This chapter presents findings and literature relating to masculinities, sexualities, and male rape, using theoretical frameworks, such as hegemonic masculinity, to discuss particular themes that have emerged from the data relating to gender, masculinities, and sexualities. This chapter will also explore gay, subordinate, and marginalised masculinities because the enactment of hegemonic masculinity is un-meaningful outside its relationship to non-hegemonic masculinities. In other words, the essence and meaning of hegemonic masculinity is unravelled through the legitimation of the relationship between subordinate and subjugated forms of masculinities, such as gay masculinities.
Aliraza Javaid

Chapter 6. The Criminal Justice System and Male Rape: Processing Male Rape Cases

This chapter presents concepts, conceptions and themes pertaining to the police, policing and male rape, to consider the different ways in which the police deal with male rape victims and to examine their attitudes and opinions regarding male rape. The empirical findings draw attention to some male rape myths that the police subscribe to, such as, though not limited to, “women cannot rape men” and “male rape is solely a homosexual issue.” The author provides a wealth of police data to argue that the police often perpetuate male rape myths, discrimination, and poor attitudes and responses against male victims of rape.
Aliraza Javaid

Chapter 7. Responding to Male Sexual Victimisation: (Un)Supporting Male Rape Victims

This chapter presents themes regarding the voluntary sector and male rape to examine their services, attitudes, and responses that are directed toward male rape victims and to consider the adequacy of voluntary services in meeting male rape victims’ needs. Some issues that will be critically examined are, for example, the following: voluntary agencies do not offer male rape victims a choice of the gender of counsellors; feminist based-rape crisis centres do not deal with male rape victims; and the third sector perpetuates ageism and discrimination against male rape victims.
Aliraza Javaid

Chapter 8. Conclusion

The conclusion will sum up the main arguments of the book. The conclusion that the author has reached with regards to state and voluntary agencies’ responses to, and attitudes toward male rape victims will be outlined. The conclusion sums up the main arguments relating to the following: masculinities, sexualities and male rape; policing male rape; and voluntary agencies and male rape.
Aliraza Javaid

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