By Susan Brownmiller
Susan Brownmiller’s groundbreaking bestseller uncovers the tradition of violence opposed to girls with a devastating exploration of the heritage of rape—now with a brand new preface through the writer exposing the undercurrents of rape nonetheless current today
Rape, as writer Susan Brownmiller proves in her startling and demanding ebook, isn't really approximately intercourse yet approximately strength, worry, and subjugation. For millions of years, it's been considered as a suitable “spoil of war,” used as a weapon via invading armies to overwhelm the desire of the conquered. The act of rape opposed to girls has lengthy been cloaked in lies and fake justifications.
It is missed, tolerated, even inspired by means of governments and armed forces leaders, misunderstood by way of police and safeguard enterprises, freely hired via domineering husbands and fanatics, downplayed by means of clinical and attorneys extra vulnerable to “blame the victim,” and, maybe so much shockingly, approved in supposedly civilized societies all over the world, together with the United States.
Against Our Will is a vintage paintings that has been greatly credited with altering winning attitudes approximately violence opposed to girls by way of awakening the general public to the genuine and carrying on with tragedy of rape worldwide and during the ages.
Selected by means of the New York occasions ebook Review as a good publication of the yr and incorporated one of the manhattan Public Library’s Books of the Century, opposed to Our Will continues to be a necessary paintings of sociological and ancient significance.
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It was rather believed that a cultural revolution was necessary to do away with the negative effects of technology and growth. The growth model as such and technological expansionism were not yet criticized. One standard argument was that now that poverty had been conquered for good in Western society by technological progress, there was at last scope both for a redistribution of wealth and a cultural liberation of people. Many protest movements drew their legitimacy from the discrepancy between the potential for human realization, inherent in modem democratic societies and its factual non-realization.
And in some countries, as in Holland, the state even created commissions for the emancipation of women, and women's action and consciousnessraising groups could demand state support for their activities. Also, in the USA departments of women's studies were established in most universities without great opposition. Although this all needed a lot of struggle from the women's movement, there was a certain paternalistic benevolence in granting 'the girls' a certain niche in the system. Already at this stage the various patriarchal establishments used their power to co-opt women and to integrate their rebellion into the system.
And we have to find answers to them which make sense and which will help us to restructure social relations in such a way that our 'human nature' is furthered and not crushed. Fair-weather Feminism? The structural and ideological divisions among feminists referred to above, and the difficulty in breaking away from basically patriarchal theoretical frameworks and in developing new approaches cannot be explained by some inherent weakness of the female sex. These difficulties are rather manifestations of the actual social and political powerlessness of women and of the ambiguity which follows 14 What is Feminism?
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