Against our will : men, women, and rape

by Susan Brownmiller

Paper Book, 1975



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New York : Simon and Schuster, [1975]


This book stands as a unique document of the history, politics and sociology of rape and the inherent and ungrained inequality of men and women under the law.

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LibraryThing member Angelic55blonde
It is easy to see why this is a classic. It was originally written in the late 1960s/early 1970s and was, at the time, a groundbreaking book on the subject of rape. The author clearly was a feminist during the height of the 2nd wave of the women's rights movement which I think does color her book but does not detract from its worth.

The author focuses a good chunk of the book on rape during war, revolution, and other such violent events. However, she also focuses on rape in other cases. Her book is clearly written from the view that most men are rapists and most women are the victims and even makes the claim that rape is the way all men keep all women in a state of fear, which I don't completely agree with. However, I still recommend this book for anyone interested in the subject because it is a classic and one of the first thorough accounts about rape. It is a topic that needs to be talked about more, and studied about more, and this book definitely does it. You don't have to agree with everything in the book (I don't agree with everything in this book) to see it's worth. I do like this book and I'm glad I purchased it.

I definitely recommend this to anyone who is interested in the topic.
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LibraryThing member tole_lege
Very old now, the original book dates form the 1970s, iirc - but it is still worth reading for some of the different perceptions of rape, which, most unfortunately, don't seem to have changed.
LibraryThing member jobinsonlis
This is certainly a detailed work of scholarship about an important topic but in a lot of ways it feels like an artifact. Not really in terms of its subject—obviously rape is still an embedded part of most cultures—but in the way that the author examines the data that she found and holds it against a strict second-wave-feminist interpretation. Intersectionality is given short shrift, everything from race to class to sexuality (at one point she says that masochism is a core component of homosexuality and that sadomasochism is fundamentally a slight against women, statements that vanilla lesbians and straight dommes might find interesting to discuss). It’s been decades since this book was published and now I’m curious to find if there’s a comparable modern book dealing with the history and psychology of rape.… (more)
LibraryThing member Maretak
Ik ga niet akkoord met de basisveronderstelling van dit boek, nl dat verkrachting een bewust systeem van onderdrukking is van alle mannen op alle vrouwen, maar het is wel interessant om te lezen hoe onze man-vrouw-verhoudingen ontaard zijn - I do not agree with the basic premise of this book, that rape is a conscious system to suppress all women by all men, but it is interesting to read how our male/female-cooperation has become a nightmare.… (more)



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472 p.; 25 cm


0671220624 / 9780671220624
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