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Rape Fantasies

             The author of the short story Rape Fantasies is Margaret Atwood-She is a renowned Canadian writer of poetry and fiction, she is best known for her novel The Handmaids Tail. The short story that I chose Rape Fantasies comes from Atwood's first collection of short stories called Dancing girls and Other Stories.
             "Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent".
             Eleanor Roosevelt.
             The story Rape Fantasies is about a bunch of females who are sitting around the lunch room during their lunch hour talking about fantasies that they consider to be called "Rape Fantasies". The story came about because society has made rape a big issue and is being viewed everywhere, like the movies, radio, T.V., and magazines. in this story the narrator that is called Estelle in the story claims that the ideas that the other women in at their table are considering rape fantasies isn't rape at all, but a fantasy that they have about having sex with a complete stranger. She continues to prove them wrong and decides to tell them her stories, rape fantasies that she has had.
             The basis of the story is rape. Rape, as defined in the Gale Encyclopedia of Psychology, is an act of power and dominance; although 15% to40% of American women are victims of rape or attempted rape, there is also the chance that a man is assaulted also. It is said that women are more than likely going to get raped by someone they know. More than half of the nation's rape assaults have been placed in the victim's home. Many rape assaults are continued or completed because the victim didn't use verbal or physical force as resistance. For more than 3 decades and now till this day, feminist organizations have been fighting successfully to change the publics" attitude toward rape as well as how society treats rape victims.
             The themes of this story are the quotes that are displayed through the paper and the definition of rape, why it's taking lightly and how is the issue getting solved.

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