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Marxist and Feminist interpretations on the aftermath of rape reforms In the beginning of her essay MacDonald states that the current legal reforms are ineffective due to their attempt to cure symptoms of the root cause Meanwhile the root cause remains legislatively untouched She also gives various examples of how implementation of the new rape law statutes is scattered The major decision maker the prosecutor and his discretionary powers limit the power of these new reforms In a contrast of methods of prosecution before the rape law reforms to those after the reforms she states there is little change The idea that women lie about being victimized is still adhered to despite the new reform laws The Marxist-Feminist perspectives on these reforms are as follows the capitalist society serves only the interests of the upper class The state protects class as well as sexual inequality The upper class in order to match the Feminist ideology is males due to the overwhelming amount of men in powerful positions government law etc Since the upper class only serves itself the liberal reform laws even if passed will fail to be implemented due to the discretionary power of the prosecutor Therefore although new laws that direct the rape accusatory process at the male the discretionary powers of the prosecutor still forces a women to convince others that she was indeed sexually assaulted Thus the rape reform laws will continue to justify the sexist views and policies of the status quo and it will use the rape reform laws to justify itself However these reforms are only skin-deep because of the amount of discretion the prosecutor has in how he charges and in how he questions the accusers character OPINION The author contends that rape reforms have not achieved the goals in which they were established to attain However the results of Marshs studies primarily in Michigan has shown more filings by the prosecutor less reports
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