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Transforming a Rape Culture

4.33 of 5 stars 4.33  ·  rating details  ·  401 ratings  ·  26 reviews
A rape culture is a society that accepts sexual violence as the norm. In this groundbreaking new work, a diverse group of opinions lays the foundation for change in basic attitudes about power, gender, race, and sexuality--for a future without sexual violence. National tour.
Paperback, 476 pages
Published December 30th 1994 by Milkweed Editions (first published 1993)
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This book was a severe disappointment. I was suggesting to a radical feminist that it would be difficult to study rape scientifically, because it's such an emotional subject, and scientists would be afraid to hypothesize anything that isn't politically correct and feminist-approved. She was outraged and told me to shut my face and start reading, and she recommended this. So I did.

Unsurprisingly, this book is packed full of more of the same radical feminist ideology. Blah blah, patriarchy, blah b
The issues I took with this book was that it was lacking radical analysis, as well as the perspectives of writers of color. The articles were very white and very liberal, and because of that, I saw it as lacking.

However, there was quite a bit of very useful information and perspectives offered by this book. I would still recommend it for anyone educating themselves on feminist theory, because the analysis is well thought out and the information is well sourced.
Feb 22, 2008 Minku rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: males of the human species
Shelves: feminism
I wish I had read a book like this about 15 years ago.
Some of the essays written for this book are *excellent.* Others are weaker, but none are not worth reading. The line that divides the excellent essays from the others often has to do with the salience and staying power of the topic (the first publication was approx. 1993, and so a few pieces will seem old hat). The tone of the book ranges, but for the most part it moves between personal reflections, academic writing (citations included), and activism.

If you think you don't have to read this boo
The revised edition of Transforming a Rape Cultureis a well-written collection of essays about how to get serious about ending sexual violence against women in this country and around the world. Essays are divided into three parts: Living in a rape culture, Strategies and activism, Visions and possibilities. Although the volume is specifically about rape, it discusses how it is supported by the underlying patriarchal social structure, and how that structure affects minority women especially. The ...more
Reading this book was an eye opening experience, from a male sheltered point of view I have always felt I was an ally for feminine rights. However, in many ways I am not doing enough. The culture we are surrounded by makes it easy to become normalized and many are taught to blame victims of rape, even when it happens to someone they love. There are plenty of thought provoking essays within this tome and I highly recommend it for anyone with a mother/sister/wife/grandmother/et al.
Decent. A little outdated (it's from the early nineties) but about half of the essays are still very informative (especially the ones on the disclosing to clergy and workplace harassment). The others were were either stuff I already knew, personal stories or just not good essays.

For the most part the personal stories were all well written and had an interesting thesis so they were still a good edition to the book. And it's more me immersing myself in this field for a while that some of the essa
Heta Rae
(It has been a long time since I've read this, and probably the statistics are outdated by now, but it was a very thought-provoking book).
there's some really good stuff in here, but it is, overall, very heteronormative and cisnormative.
Apr 28, 2009 Leeann marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
3/30/09: Borrowing this from a friend (who is borrowing it from another friend who is borrowing it from yet another friend), so I'm not sure how much I'll have time to read before I need to give it back. I do know that I'm going to use two of the articles for a research assignment I'm doing and that the few I've read so far have all been really compelling.

4/28/09: Didn't get to read so much before I gave it back, but it helped a ton on the research assignment (yay) and what I did read was great.
Although a bit outdated, there are several good analytical essays regarding interlocking oppressions in terms of a rape culture. Although it is pretty conservative in terms of sexuality. Lacking in sex positivity when discussing things such as porn, and discussing female-identified sexuality. Also the book is a tad transphobic.
This is a beautiful book. It's an anthology of essays, some on how our acceptance of rape is portrayed, some on what we're doing to help that, others that discuss certain aspects of rapes. With all the books I've read, this one was an especially informative, statistically, emotionally, and socially.
James Parrish
An intense and powerful read.
A bit anti-pornography.
The message is still strong, and the stories, essays, poems, and media references found withing are without peer when you weigh them against the small stature of the book.
Brittany Nelson
A must-read for anyone who wants to understand rape culture. An eye-opener to how bad rape is in America; it really makes you angry, but in a good way. Very upsetting, that our rape culture is getting worse and not better.
This book renewed my hope that it is possible, within our lifetimes, to transform the culture that we have bred that tolerates and promotes sexual violence. We all have a choice, so let's use it to change this world!!
Miedzian piece was well written. I read this book alongside "Trauma and Recovery" for a class on gender and sexual assault. Hernandez-Avila piece was great. bell hooks always a was great!
Certain essays are indispendible reading, and otherwise this book needs to be updated to suit the past 15 years of feminist theory change and development.
Michelle Cahill
I am always "currently reading" this book, as it is always completely relevant. Excellent work.
ONTD Feminism
A series of essays about the rape culture that include ways of changing it.
Tracie Doherty
Thought provoking and absolutely necessary to read!
Rachel Lee
Essential reading for anyone alive.
especially the andrea dworkin essay.
Thoroughly necessary!
Cristy Road
the motherfucking shit.
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