Against Our Will: Men, Women, and Rape

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Fawcett Columbine, 1993 - Social Science - 472 pages
The bestselling feminist classic that revolutionized the way we think about rape, as a historical phenomenon and as an urgent crisis--essential reading in the era of #MeToo.

"A major work of history."--The Village Voice * One of the New York Public Library's 100 Books of the Century

As powerful and timely now as when it was first published, Against Our Will stands as a unique document of the history, politics, and sociology of rape and the inherent and ingrained inequality of men and women under the law. Fact by fact, Susan Brownmiller pulls back the centuries of damaging lies and misrepresentations to reveal how rape has been accepted in all societies and how it continues to profoundly affect women's lives today.

A keen and prescient analyst, a detailed historian, Susan Brownmiller discusses the consequences of rape in biblical times, rape as an accepted spoil of war, as well as child molestation, marital rape, and date rape (a term that she coined). In lucid, persuasive prose, Brownmiller uses her experience as a journalist to create a definitive, devastating work of lasting social importance.

Praise for Against Our Will

"The most comprehensive study of rape ever offered to the public . . . It forces readers to take a fresh look at their own attitudes toward this devastating crime."--Newsweek

"A classic . . . No one who reads it will come away untouched."--The Village Voice

"Chilling and monumental . . . Deserves a place next to those rare books which force us to change the way we feel about what we know."--The New York Times Book Review

"A landmark work, one of the most significant books to emerge in this decade."--Houston Chronicle

"A definitive text, startling, compelling, and a landmark."--St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"An overwhelming indictment. We need it, it is a hideous revelation and it should be required reading."--Los Angeles Times Book Review

"Chilling, monumental, exhaustive, detailed, absorbing and original. . . . Brownmiller's greatest contribution is establishing the continuity between rape and other facets of American culture."--Commonweal
 

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User Review  - Angelic55blonde - LibraryThing

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 ... Read full review

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User Review  - tole_lege - LibraryThing

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. Read full review

Contents

A Personal Statement
7
Riots Pogroms and Revolutions
114
Two Studies in American History
140
Slavery
153
The Cliometricians
172
A Question of Race
210
Institution and Authority
256
The Myth of the Heroic Rapist
283
The Setting
309
The Crime
347
Women Fight Back
375
Acknowledgments
405
Index
448
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Susan Brownmiller is the author of Against Our Will: Men, Women and Rape; Waverly Place, a novel; and Shirley Chisholm, a biography for children. She has written for The New York Times, The Village Voice, Esquire, Vogue, Rolling Stone, The Nation, and many other publications. Brownmiller lives in New York City.

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