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Why Women Are Blamed For Everything: Exploring Victim Blaming Of Women Subjected to Violence and Trauma

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  128 ratings  ·  24 reviews
She asked for it. She was flirting. She was drinking. She was wearing a revealing dress. She was too confident. She walked home alone. She stayed in that relationship. She was naïve. She didn’t report soon enough. She didn’t fight back. She wanted it. She lied about it. She comes from a bad area. She was vulnerable. She should have known. She should have seen it coming. Sh ...more
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Published April 15th 2020 by Lulu.com
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Psych Lady
Jul 19, 2020 rated it did not like it
This is a book I was looking forward to reading and I bought several copies as gifts. Having read it, I wish I had waited before buying copies for other people. The author is undoubtedly an expert on victim blaming and she has some interesting ideas, but this book has some serious problems. It is marketed by the author as being based on her PhD and ten years of working in the field. However, it is sloppily written, contains factual and grammatical errors, is littered with generalisations and the ...more
Davina Daniels
Oct 17, 2020 rated it did not like it
As a feminist, I believe the subject matter of this book is incredibly important. However as a professional and as an academic, I have no choice but to admit this book is badly researched, full of misleading "quotes" which aren't quotes at all and sloppily cited. the jumbled mix of thesis and blog is low-quality, and this book does a disservice to the incredibly important and under-researched topic of victim blaming. I'm not at all surprised the book is self-published.
In this review I have high
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Haven Hightower
Jun 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was such a significant read for me on so many levels. Knowing my own experience with assault and having heard the stories of so many other women, the accounts in this book reflected emotions that are all too familiar. We focus so much on the modifiable factors that lead to instances of violence against women, all our efforts go to what we can do to protect ourselves in bad situations. This makes it easy to lose sight of the fact that the fault is not on the victim when it comes to rape. It ...more
Kit
Feb 11, 2021 rated it it was ok
A little terf-y, VERY swerf-y, extremely repetitious (literal paragraphs and sentences were transposed), some sus citations, made ZERO mention of trans women (in a book about rape culture and victim blaming? C'mon.)

It was good if you ignored all that stuff, though. That sounds shitty but I mean it. When she was on she was ON.

Don't buy it though. If you want to read it get it from the library.
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Salomé Doré
Sep 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book made me angry (which I expected) !
It was such an interesting read and I strongly recommend everyone to read it.
Gayle
May 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is brilliant. It's challenged my thinking, made me angry and WILL push me to be aware of the issues raised AND campaign to do something about them ...more
Sian A
May 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very thorough and powerful book on victim blaming of women after sexual violence committed by men. Lots of food for thought but also some disturbing segments. Would have preferred less of the "methods section of a PhD thesis" parts however. I would also have liked more specifics from the author of how she would recommend teaching about/preventing violence against women rather than just what was shown to be harmful. ...more
Deborah Siddoway
Aug 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I think this is a book that was long overdue. That said, I am going to start with some of the problems. The first of which is that the layout is a little distracting. The body of the text should have been spaced a little better, and the text should have been justified, because on the page the layout grated for me. I know I shouldn't judge a book by its layout, but as it was an irritant for me, I thought this was something that could easily be rectified. Also, while her reference list is handy, w ...more
Angela
Jun 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Based on the title you would expect this book to be a lot of speeches with emotionally evocative language and anecdotal examples. It is exactly the opposite though. The author organizes and lays out extremely clearly and specifically the reasons women are blamed for rape and male violence and then outlines exactly how they are applied in the general population, in the criminal justice system, in our culture, in family and friend groups, in the media, in the education system, by mental health pro ...more
Courtney Williams
Dec 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
I'm out of the habit of writing reviews, but wanted to add a quick note to contextualise my rating of this book. To start with the positives, I really appreciate Taylor's straightforward style of writing. So many seem to think academic writing is about showing how clever you are, rather than communicating effectively. The book provides a sorely-needed analysis of victim blaming and the forces that drive it.

However, this edition suffers from a common issue self-published books face: it needs a go
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Catalina Vieru
Oct 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Pretty good book. Difficult to digest as one would expect from a book based on phd research into violence against women.

I borrowed it and was skeptical to read it, because the author is a terf and swerf (and she shares some of her views in the beginning regarding the porn and sex work industry), but overall she didn't let it seep through the rest of the book.

Would not buy the book myself, but if you are researching the topic and need stats and references, and can borrow it from someone, then g
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Tim Pieraccini
Jun 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Dr Taylor can be applauded for putting together a work which is rigorous, comprehensive and yet very readable. The examination of how well-meaning advice to women is part of victim-blaming was particularly helpful to this reader. Because of the complexity of the data and the numerous factors involved in the attribution of blame, solutions to the problem seem hard to come by, but Dr Taylor's concluding statement is unequivocal:

"Men are 100% responsible for male violence.
Women and girls carry 0% o
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Susanna
This book is a must read - especially for men. And excellent, eye opening and important read. Found this incredibly hard hitting and, at times, upsetting so I’d recommend reading this slowly so that you can take necessary breaks as well as time to absorb each section. Would have gave this 5 stars but I found some elements a tad ‘research method’ heavy towards the end - but I understand that to be a necessary part of psychological research.
Jasmine Guffick
Jan 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
A brilliantly insightful read made so anyone could read and understand it. Dr Jessica Taylor is a brilliant human being and has done some amazing work in writing this book. I have learnt a lot. It took me a while to read as It triggered a lot of awful memories for me at times but I finished it and its definitely helped me reflect on a lot of things, educate other people as well as make steps to challenge thoughts on victim blaming.
Rachel Minshull
Jul 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Reading this was something of a rollercoaster, ranging from anger at the misogyny faced by women who have already experienced sexual violence and trauma to sadness at how this is perpetuated via education, media and familial attitudes ie socialisation which blames women for their own oppression. Essential reading which should inspire change. Will be using extracts with my students this year.
Elizabeth Judd Taylor
A very important and necessary book about sexual violence, victim blaming and why it is most definitely the perpetrators who are fully to blame. This work should be widely read and discussed as this is very important information.

A probably unnecessary note: this is a difficult book to read if you have been a victim of abuse. Be gentle with yourself and take your time.
Emily
Sep 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Amazing book and the content is so interesting and spot on. Minus one star for the spelling/grammatical errors and the kind of odd layout of the book. But overall I would definitely recommend and it's so important! ...more
Mia Pia (mia.pia.reads IG)
Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Interesting, eye opening, inspiring, empowering, informative, it is all there. Great and easy read for all humans. It is not text book like, so it is great for young folks as well. Lovely read! Be prepared to get emotional and deeply passionate about women!
Jenifer  Lavery
Jun 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The overriding message of this book is that whilst there are many complicated factors involved in the victim blaming of women, the only people responsible for male violence are men. Women are never ever ever responsible. Please read this book
Katie
Jul 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I found this a hard read, as the women's stories were really harrowing in places. Lots of food for thought. ...more
El Amethyst
Jan 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was excellent an eye-opening
We need more of this!
Ruth Spencer-Lewis
Jun 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a must read book!!
Linda Rowan
Feb 19, 2021 rated it liked it
This topic is very important, and this book could have been great but it wasn't. The writing felt messy, unnecessarily wordy and very repetitive. I was disappointed. ...more
Clare
Aug 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: nf, gyn
One star off for grammatical/editing errors but I love you, Dr. Taylor! It took me a while to read the whole book because the statistics are depressing, but this type of work is very important.
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