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Against Our Will: Men, Women and Rape by Susan Brownmiller

By Susan Brownmiller

Susan Brownmiller’s groundbreaking bestseller uncovers the tradition of violence opposed to ladies with a devastating exploration of the historical past of rape—now with a brand new preface via the writer exposing the undercurrents of rape nonetheless current today

Rape, as writer Susan Brownmiller proves in her startling and critical publication, isn't really approximately intercourse yet approximately strength, worry, and subjugation. For hundreds of thousands of years, it's been seen 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 overlooked, tolerated, even inspired by way of governments and army leaders, misunderstood through police and defense firms, freely hired via domineering husbands and fanatics, downplayed by way of scientific and attorneys extra prone to “blame the victim,” and, maybe such a lot shockingly, approved in supposedly civilized societies world wide, together with the United States.

Against Our Will is a vintage paintings that has been broadly credited with altering winning attitudes approximately violence opposed to ladies via awakening the general public to the genuine and carrying on with tragedy of rape around the world and during the ages.

Selected by way of the New York instances ebook Review as an exceptional ebook of the yr and integrated one of the ny Public Library’s Books of the Century, opposed to Our Will is still an important paintings of sociological and historic value.

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She must have seen, in the blurry corner of her eye, the plant manager. A man of about that height and age who wore a short-sleeved white shirt, most days. No bow tie, and for sure no panama hat. the gravedigger’ s daughter ᩳ 37 After work she would almost-see him again. Across the street, beneath the shoe repair awning. Quickly she turned away, walked away not looking back. “He isn’t there. ” No one saw: she made sure. Looking for pieces of Hendricks’s card she’d ripped up. On the towpath she found a few very small scraps.

The child believed that certain radio broadcasters might be his father, their voices sounded like Tignor’s voice. Rebecca had tried to explain to him that this was not so, but Niley had his own ideas. “I’m sorry,” Rebecca said, embarrassed. She was confused, and could not think what to say. 30 ᩳ joyce carol oates “Oh, it’s nothing,” Mrs. Meltzer said quickly. “You know what children are like, these things they ‘believe in,’ they don’t really. ” Preparing to take Niley home, Rebecca heard herself ask casually if Mrs.

Rebecca quickly took away the paper, and provided another. , sweetie! ” Eagerly Niley took up the red crayon. This time, he would do better. Rebecca vowed: she would not make mistakes with her son at this time in his life. So young, before he began school. When a child is at the mercy of his parents almost exclusively. That was why Rebecca looked up words in the dictionary. And she had high school textbooks, too. To get things right. To get those things right that you could, amid so much that you could not.

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