Rape Fantasies Discussion Questions

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Compare "Rape Fantasies" with another first person narrative addressed to a silent listener, Robert Browning's poem "My Last Duchess."

Discuss how both authors develop their characters by what they have their characters say.

Who do you think has a greater chance of being raped, Estelle or her coworkers? Why? Do you think your answer is influenced by stereotypes in any way?

Examine rape statistics in the United States from 1977 to today. What kind of trends do you see? How does the United States compare with other countries? Give some possible explanations for the discrepancy between U. S. statistics and those of other countries.

What do psychologists and sociologists have to say about the underlying causes of rape? Do you agree with them?

Think of some television shows that utilize stereotypes of men and women. Do you think they are accurate? Do you find these stereotypes offensive...

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