The year-old is also concerned the campus activist movement ignores the experiences of women of color and low socioeconomic status, whom she says are statistically more likely to be assaulted. I was wondering if you have been following the discussions of rape activism on college campuses. Yes, very closely. In the s we had an extraordinary movement against sexual assault in this country and changed the laws. They think they are the first people to discover rape, and the problem of consent, and they are not. Also, they [college women] are not the chief targets of rapists.

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People would do well to read this book now even though it was written years ago. If you wonder why some of our current politicians grope women, this book has the answers. This is the definitive work on rape that argues rape is a political crime rather than a sexual one. This is really the first book that addressed rape in our country.

We still are plagued with rape culture! This book addresses the taboo topic. For me, as an African American male, the section on the Congo was the most interesting. No one that I've talked to has even heard of that incident.

It's amazing how black men will be demonized and looked at as rapists simply because they're black, but the incident in the Congo is never used to back it up. Also, look at the information about Eldridge Cleaver being a rapist. Isn't it strange that that's not talked about more? That many, if not most or all, of the Black Panther supporters ignore that information? That certain black men will use his image as an avatar?? You need to read this book.

Woman, of course, was viewed as the property. A mob turns to rape as an expression of power and dominance. Women are used almost as inanimate objects, to prove a point among men. In some case the lone rapist or the gang had a particular victim in mind and coolly took the necessary steps to lure her into an advantageous position.

That SOME men rape provides a sufficient threat to keep all women in a constant state of intimidation, forever conscious of the knowledge that the biological tool must be held in awe for it may turn into a weapon with sudden swiftness borne of harmful intent. For to make a woman a willing participant in her own defeat is half the battle. The rape fantasy exists in women as a man-made iceberg.

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Against Our Will: Men, Women and Rape

The bestseller was one of the first books to define rape as a political problem rather than an individual crime of passion. Decades later, her arguments are still relevant as politicians, college administrators and activists struggle to address the problem of sexual violence. Rape had been cloaked in stigma and silence for much of American history. The reasons for this are now obvious: In the s and earlier, a rape victim seeking help would be met, instead, with blame and suspicion. Neither police departments nor hospitals had trained trauma counselors or procedures for collecting evidence or testing for disease.


How a Book Changed the Way We Talk About Rape

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Against Our Will: Men, Women and Rape is a book about rape by Susan Brownmiller , in which the author argues that rape is "a conscious process of intimidation by which all men keep all women in a state of fear. Some commentators, including sociobiologists, criticized the book and rejected its conclusions. Brownmiller criticizes authors such as Richard von Krafft-Ebing , Sigmund Freud , Karl Marx , and Friedrich Engels for what she considers their oversights on the subject of rape. She describes rape as "a conscious process of intimidation by which all men keep all women in a state of fear". She writes that, to her knowledge, no zoologist has ever observed that animals rape in their natural habitat.

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