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A Woman Scorned: Acquaintance Rape on Trial
In this bracing study of American sexual culture and the politics of acquaintance rape, esteemed anthropologist Peggy Reeves Sanday identifies the sexual stereotypes that continue to obstruct justice and diminish women. Beginning with a harrowing account of the St. John's rape case, Sanday reaches back through British and American landmark rape cases to explain how, with t ...more
Paperback, 338 pages
Published October 15th 1997 by University of California Press
(first published 1996)
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This is a very moving book, and I felt it was an excellent study of how our attitudes to rape and to victims of rape is often ambiguous. I am a rape victim and yet I have also been guilty of victim blaming. She helps us understand this paradox in the looking at the history and anthropology of Western culture, and gives some helpful suggestions to bring about change in both men and women's attitudes to sexual behaviour.