Rape is unquestionably a gendered crime: 91% of rape victims are female, while almost 99% of perpetrators are male (Greenfield 1997).
Brison, for instance, calls rape “gender-motivated violence against women, which is perpetrated against women collectively, albeit not all at once and in the same place” (2002, 98). Understanding how rape harms women as a group requires analyzing it not only as an individual act but also as an institution—that is, a structured social practice with distinct positions and roles, and with (explicit or implicit) rules that define who may (or must) do what under what circumstances (Card 1991). Feminists have highlighted the ways in which the institution of rape reinforces the group-based subordination of women to men: for instance, by making women fearful, and by enforcing patriarchal dictates both about proper female behavior and about the conditions of male sexual entitlement to women's bodies.
(Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
Interpretation and Notes
Feminist ethics brings the importance of emotionality, community, and psychological mental harm and wellbeing to a male dominated culture (Because these traits are traditionally female and things like hardness, facts, logic and stubbornness are traditionally male, and western society is a male dominated culture. these 'female' traits are often overlooked and undervalued.