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Against Our Will: Men, Women and Rape by [Brownmiller, Susan]
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"The most comrpehensive study of rape ever offered to the public...It forces readers to take a fresh look at their own attitudes toward this devastating crime."
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As powerful and timely now as when it was first published, AGAINST OUR WILL stands as a unique document of the history of politics, the sociology of rape and the inherent and ingrained inequality of men and women under the law. In lucid, persuasive prose, Brownmiller has created a definitive, devastating work of lasting social importance.
Chosen by THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW as
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 878 KB
  • Print Length: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media (24 Sept. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EZEX69Y
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
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According to Susan Brownmiller, "only when all accounts of rape are collected and correlated does the true underside of women's history emerge". This book is an immense contribution to this real history. The author begins by looking at rape in legal history as first and foremost a violation of male rights of possession. She then goes on to document the history of rape in World Wars I and II and in Bangladesh and Vietnam. She also studies woman victims of the Indian Wars and of pogroms against Jews and Blacks. There are many wars she doesn't delve into but there is more than adequate documentation to make her points. She then goes on to analyse rape in the context of the US race conflicts, and skilfully analyses the attitudes towards, and portrayals of rape by the pre-feminist American left. (The book is very US-centred - a strength and a weakness.) In the latter part of the book, we have Brownmiller's illuminating and detailed analyses of a variety of (male-dominated) discourses of rape: in film, in literature, in fable and fairy tale, in religious discourse and in newspapers and magazines. The author astutely analyses how these discourses position both rapist and victim, which is particularly impressive if we consider that this book predates the advent of "critical linguistics" by 4 years. Brownmiller also attacks the Freudian concept of masochistic female sexuality, with Helene Deutsch a principal target. Then follow coherent arguments against prostitution and pornography.
This book was written 35 years ago and much has happened and been written since. But Brownmiller's goal - the eradication of rape - hasn't happened, and that's why so much of this book is still relevant. Such eradication, as Brownmiller pointed out, requires the "understanding and good will" of both men and women, and this book is a very good starting point to get such understanding and good will.
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I have just finished reading this book, after watching a documentary a few weeks ago on the Beeb and decided that I wanted explore some of the 70s feminist writers that were interviewed. As a man, I have to say that this is a rather uncomfortable read but that should not put you off. Brownmiller expertly weaves together many different strands - history, psychology, art, literature etc. - to present an in-depth yet engaging work on the subject.

She writes in such a way as to leave the reader in no doubt as to the reasons why society seems to value women as object, servants, or property and takes us back to very early examples of written English law, where the rape of a woman was not considered to be a crime against her at all but a crime against her father's or her husband's property. And while the law has changed over the centuries, it is still based largely on this concept of woman as property.

The previous reviewer has covered most of the points I would make about this book but I would urge everybody, men and women, to read it.

Me? I have just started Sexual Politics by Kate Millett and I'll let you know how I get on.
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Perfect item, thououghly matching description. No delays in arriving date. Absolutely nothing to complain about. Satisfied both of article and of service.
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The discriortion was that the book is in excellent condition, but whan I recived it the cover was a bit dameged , and copletly different from the image on the website otherwise everythig was fine.
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