Joanna Bourke takes the issue of rape out from the academic ghettos and distills the truth so often exploited to sell newspapers. Neither prurient nor overly sympathetic, she investigates rape from a historical standpoint examining the history of sexual aggression, the idea of rape as a social construct, and the often-ignored idea of embodiment, and analyzes the physical response of rapists as well as the often-cited rape is about power” theories.
Indebted to a growing body of sophisticated feminist analyses about rape victims, Bourke here shifts the emphasis from the victims to the perpetrators in order to place rapists in their historical context. An invaluable study, this book delivers the hard truth that if we are to imagine a world free of unwanted sexual violence, then we must consider the issue of rape from every angle.
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One in every eight Hollywood movies features a rape scene, writes Bourke in the first chapter of this groundbreaking study of sexual violence. While much has been written about rape, notably Susan Brownmiller's pioneering 1975 Against Our Will, it has almost always focused on female victims/survivors. Bourke boldly focuses her study on the rapist: Why do some people set out to sexually humiliate and torture others? Bourke (An Intimate History of Killing), a professor of history at Birkbeck College in London, effectively synthesizes an enormous amount of material—from sentencing rates for rape to historical records—across a wide range of topics: the history of laws relating to sexual psychopathology in the United States and Britain; how military culture influences discussions of sexual assault; the legal and cultural differences between indecent exposure and exhibitionism. Bourke delineates the effect of popular culture on the public discourse about rape—including the politics of blaming popular culture for the sexual abuses at Abu Ghraib—and adds significantly to that discussion. In her final chapter, Bourke radically revises aspects of contemporary feminist thought. In this provocative, well-argued exploration, she constructs a theory of sexual violence with an emphasis on female bodily integrity, yet does not fall into easy gender categorization such as accusing all men of sexual aggression. (Nov.)
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"[A] provocative, well-argued exploration."
"[A] brilliant social and cultural history."
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