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Unspeakable Acts: Women, Art, and Sexual Violence in the 1970s

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The 1970s was a time of deep division and newfound freedoms. Galvanized by The Second Sex and The Feminine Mystique, the civil rights movement and the March on Washington, a new generation put their bodies on the line to protest injustice. Still, even in the heart of certain resistance movements, sexual violence against women had reached epidemic levels. Initially, it went largely una ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published October 15th 2019 by Thames Hudson (first published October 1st 2019)
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Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to MacMillan for the ARC at BEA 2019!

I don't know too much about art history, but this book from Princenthal was still a phenomenal look at how second-wave feminists of all different stripes used different mediums of art to express their many feelings about sexual violence, and draw awareness and organize women around ending sexual violence. It was an incredibly informative and powerful read. My sole critique is based in the fact that I did not know about many of the paintings
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Jill Verenkoff
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sexual violence has been a sobering reality for women since the dawn of humankind. The Bible recounts numerous examples of rape. Even those cute myths taught in school are full of stories of the gods swooping down from the heavens to ravish woman. Ever read about Zeus, disguised as a swan, raping Leda or Odin raping Rindr? Nancy Princenthal’s “Unspeakable Acts, Women, Art and Sexual Violence in the 1970s” documents a wave of protest artists who brought the issue of sexual violence to light, ofte ...more
Sharon
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an important book that looks at the very real issue of violence towards women. It discusses how women took this issue and used their art to bring it to the forefront. It’s a difficult issue to discuss as even now people don’t want to admit to being victimized and the transgressors refuse to acknowledge they are in the wrong. The author has done a wonderful job of writing this book and making it readable and also informative and helpful. It’s a topic and a problem that has been with us si ...more
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