By Susan Brownmiller
Susan Brownmiller’s groundbreaking bestseller uncovers the tradition of violence opposed to girls with a devastating exploration of the historical past of rape—now with a brand new preface through the writer exposing the undercurrents of rape nonetheless current today
Rape, as writer Susan Brownmiller proves in her startling and critical publication, isn't approximately intercourse yet approximately energy, worry, and subjugation. For millions of years, it's been seen as a suitable “spoil of war,” used as a weapon by way of invading armies to overwhelm the need of the conquered. The act of rape opposed to ladies has lengthy been cloaked in lies and fake justifications.
It is overlooked, tolerated, even inspired through governments and armed forces leaders, misunderstood by means of police and safeguard enterprises, freely hired by means of domineering husbands and fans, downplayed by way of clinical and attorneys extra susceptible to “blame the victim,” and, maybe such a lot shockingly, accredited in supposedly civilized societies around the world, together with the United States.
Against Our Will is a vintage paintings that has been broadly credited with altering triumphing attitudes approximately violence opposed to ladies through awakening the general public to the real and carrying on with tragedy of rape around the world and through the ages.
Selected by means of the New York instances ebook Review as a very good booklet of the yr and integrated one of the big apple Public Library’s Books of the Century, opposed to Our Will is still a necessary paintings of sociological and old significance.
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Susan Brownmiller’s groundbreaking bestseller uncovers the tradition of violence opposed to ladies with a devastating exploration of the heritage of rape—now with a brand new preface by means of the writer exposing the undercurrents of rape nonetheless current today
Rape, as writer Susan Brownmiller proves in her startling and critical booklet, isn't really approximately intercourse yet approximately strength, worry, and subjugation. For millions of years, it's been seen as an appropriate “spoil of war,” used as a weapon by way of invading armies to weigh down the desire of the conquered. The act of rape opposed to girls has lengthy been cloaked in lies and fake justifications.
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Against Our Will is a vintage paintings that has been greatly credited with altering triumphing attitudes approximately violence opposed to ladies via awakening the general public to the genuine and carrying on with tragedy of rape all over the world and during the ages.
Selected by means of the recent York instances publication overview as a great booklet of the 12 months and integrated one of the long island Public Library’s Books of the Century, opposed to Our Will is still a vital paintings of sociological and ancient significance.
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