By Diana E. H. Russell
The cause during this booklet is to rip away the veil of secrecy that surrounds incestuous abuse in white South Africa via offering 5 in-depth own debts of this heinous kind of sexual exploitation as instructed via the survivors. each one of those debts contains an research of vital incest-related matters raised through the survivor's tale. one other aim is to discover the connections among the usually merciless sexual exploitation of ladies by means of their white male kin and the brutal exploitation of black humans through white males in South Africa.
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She suggests that men with wives they cannot dominate to their satisfaction are motivated to seek out their daughters to satisfy their desire for a sexual powerrelationship. , too weak, incapacitated, unavailable or oppressed). While these two descriptions of marital relationships in incest families may seem diametrically opposed, both have merit, and both are useful in understanding some of the cases included in this book. In Nida's case, it seems clear that her mother was capable of protecting her daughter, but failed to do so.
Colluding Mothers Herman drew the following conclusion from her study of father-daughter incest: Mothers who are strong, healthy, and competent do not tolerate incest. But mothers who have been rendered unusually powerless within their families, for whatever reason, often tolerate many forms of abuse, including sexual abuse of their children.... Maternal collusion in incest, when it occurs, is a measure of maternal powerlessness. (1981, pp. 47-9) As we will see in Chapters 3 and 4, the mother of Elsa Foster and Marie Malan certainly fits Herman's portrait of a woman who was unusually powerless in her family.
My brothers didn't even have to make their beds or wash the bath. It's only here and there in South Africa that you can find a husband who'll help his wife with the dishes and washing the floor. ' When I was young, my father could dominate me even if he couldn't dominate her. I always did the dishes when I was young, and when I turned 16,1 had to do everything else in the house as well - washing, cleaning and buying the groceries. My mother was so busy working on her knitting machine that I had to be the housewife.