Age of Sex Crime

by Jane Caputi

Paperback, 1987




Popular Press (1987), Paperback, 256 pages


The sexualized serial murder of women by men is the subject of this provocative book. Jane Caputi argues that the sensationalized murders by men such as Jack the Ripper, Son of Sam, Hillside Strangler, and the Yorkshire Ripper represent a contemporary genre of sexually political crimes. The awful deeds function as a form of patriarchal terrorism, "disappearing" women at a rate of some four thousand annually in the United States alone.           Caputi asks us not only to name the phenomenon of sexually political murder, but to recognize sex crime in all of its various interconnecting manifestations.

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"This book is a feminist analysis of the sexualised murder of women by men in modern Western society, a subject that is at once frightening and enraging. There is no sensensationalism here; rather, my aim is to provide a political analysis and demythicisation of this most extreme form of patriarchal violence" (Caputi)… (more)


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256 p.; 9.06 inches


0879723866 / 9780879723866

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