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Just Sex?: The Cultural Scaffolding of Rape (Women and Psychology)

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Winner of the Association for Women In Psychology 2006 Distinguished Publication Award!

The past two decades have witnessed a significant shift in how rape is understood in Western societies. This shift in perception has revealed the startling frequency of occurrences of date rape, obscuring the divide between rape and what was once just sex. Just Sex? combines an overview
Hardcover, 280 pages
Published February 1st 2005 by Routledge
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Jesse Ward
Jul 29, 2016 rated it did not like it
The fact that Niccola Gavey instructs her students in theory from this book which apologizes for rape is nothing short of a scandal. She describes heterosexual males as being 'unrapeable' by females. She bemoans that concern for male rape victims as a 'newsworthy distraction' at worst, rather than a legitimate concern.
An algebraic formula is even established by Gavey, where by if 'x' happens to a woman it is rape but if 'x' happens to a man it is NOT. What 'x' amounts to is left deliberately va
Sylvester Kuo
Nov 13, 2014 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one
Shelves: self-help, psychology
Absolute utter garbage if you ask me. I only read this because it was prescribed as a reading for the course I was doing. It offered nothing but prejudiced and biased data and research design on what constitute as Rape and the myths surrounding it through qualitative sociological analysis.

With a line like: "Why, I wondered, would women choose to have intercourse when the consequences could be so devastating?" and "Women living in misogynist totalitarian conditions" would be enough to tell you wh
Aaron Thomas
This is easily the best social-science book on the topic of rape and sexual violence that I have ever read. Not only does Gavey delve deeply into the history of rape discourse (really something that only began in the late 1960s), but she addresses head-on the way that our discourse about heterosexuality itself confounds and confuses the way that we think about rape and sexual violence. This is a smart, smart book.
Awesome. I used this so much during my thesis research and writing!
Oct 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
This book combines Foucauldian discourse analysis with empirical social psychology research to examine the ways in which Western cultural assumptions about heterosexual relationships create a "cultural scaffolding of rape." Gavey does not argue that all sex is rape*. Rather, she argues that many underlying assumptions about heterosexual sex--from female passivity and insatiable male sex drives to the the coital imperative--create gray areas of sexual coercion that are not quite rape but clearly ...more
Possum Paderau
Jul 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
The argument was compelling and even though I didn't finish the book, it was clearly well researched. The only issue I had was with her claim that calling certain things rape is hyperbole, since a lot of feminists do believe in the literal reality that those certain things are rape. I can't remember exactly what it was but it seemed more like a misunderstanding or maybe a different kind of feminism at that time. I want to finish the book but having been raped and sexually assaulted, it is rather ...more
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