Ancient Hatred and its Contemporary Manifestation: The Torture of Lesbians

Susan Hawthorne

Abstract


This paper looks at a number of different elements that make up the experience of torture by lesbians in the contemporary world.  I draw together elements of popular culture, along with testimonies by lesbians, concerning torture in diverse countries, as well as citing some historical sources.  I examine the justifications and excuses given for torture, including the view that rape is a normal part of heterosexual activity.  I argue that domination is exemplified in the punishment of lesbians as outsiders in patriarchal culture, in particular when groups and nations go to war. 


Keywords


Lesbians, torture, rape, punishment