Against Our Will: Men, Women and Rape

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Bantam Books, 1976 - Rape - 541 pages
The author shows why she considers rape not to be just a brutal crime but a reflection of how our society is conditioned. To do this she traces the use and meaning of rape from Biblical times through to Bangladesh and Vietnam, unravels the origins of rape laws in medieval codes and examines interracial and homosexual rape and child molestation. She also includes a discussion of Freudian sexual psychology, legal defence strategy and the message behind popular books, magazines and films. Always, she argues, the myths generated by the latter serve to glamorize the victim while they romanticize the rapist -- even in cases of rape murder.

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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

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In the Beginning Was the Law
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Riots Pogroms and Revolutions
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