Issues of Our Time on Nafisatou Diallo

Deadline: November 13, 2011

JENdA: A Journal of Culture and African Women Studies

The case of Nafissatou Diallo has generated visceral reactions and heated discussions worldwide. A poor immigrant hotel worker allegedly raped by one of the most powerful men in the world, the director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Dominique Strauss-Kahn. As the shocking story of race, class, gender, and sexuality unfolded, we witnessed an intense media campaign to discredit Ms. Diallo by dredging up all manner of attacks that exploited racial, class, gender, and sexual stereotypes. To salvage the integrity of the powerful alleged rapist, the credibility of the poor lowly immigrant victim must be destroyed.

The alleged rapist claims the sex is consensual, raising the question of what it really means for one of the world’s most powerful men to claim to have consensual sex with a hotel maid? Is this a behavioral pattern? Who protects poor working hotel maids from the sexual advances of this alleged rapist and other rich and powerful hotel guests? Where do these lowly maids receive justice after such "consensual" sex? Given the media attempt to destroy the reputation of Diallo, and the dismissal of the criminal case against the alleged rapist, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, JENdA is devoting the next "Issues of Our Time" to critical commentaries on the Diallo case.

Submission Requirement:

Papers must be 3 to 4 pages single-spaced (longer commentaries will be accepted)

Name and biography must be included in the paper.

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