The Myth of the Brown Rapist: The Refugee Crisis and the Colonial/Modern Gender System

İbrahimhakkıoğlu F.

The Association of Feminist Ethics and Social Theory Conference, Florida, United States Of America, 3 - 06 October 2019

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Unpublished
  • City: Florida
  • Country: United States Of America
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


The trope of the Brown rapist has come to occupy a cemented place in the social imaginary within the context of the ongoing refugee crisis. By discussing some prevalent media representations of the asylum seekers and various ways in which these representations are being contested through resistant works of art, this essay explores possibilities for decolonizing the imagination and establishing feminist alliances across differences. Drawing from María Lugones’s work on “the colonial/modern gender system” and Gloria Anzaldúa’s work on art and healing, I argue for a feminist responsibility to reject and move beyond the dichotomy presented by the colonial imaginary, which pits the safety of white women against that of Brown men.