Ianto asked:

I got about halfway through and have been stymied by some of the victim-blaming language (mainly with regards to women inviting rape by behaving as if they are liberated). Is it worth pressing on?

Shawna Mathew I'd be curious to hear what you read that seemed victim blaming. I didn't read anything near victim blaming. In fact Herman almost errs on the other side if anything. She goes to great lengths to say that people cannot remain morally neutral and must take sides and place the blame on the perpetrator. My few criticisms of Herman would be that she does label post traumatic stress a disorder (which seems slightly shaming) and she does not go far enough telling victims to take pride in their battle scars for having survived awful things. She could also go a bit farther as some authors have done and say that, "It's not genetic." I think the entire spirit of the book is non victim blaming though.
Susan Hardin Read the whole book and will read again. Did not see one hint at victim-blaming language. You might have misunderstood something. Could you point out the section? I will look at it again.
Hp This book is so very illuminating; echoing (in other words) what I have been working on with my therapist for the past 5 years. I did not read or infer any victim-blaming in this book. Ms. Herman does say there IS much victim-blaming from all corners of society. How those who had to sublimate themselves in order to survive as children and so were not able to fight back then, have unlearned how to recognize dangerous situations and fight back now. She also discusses how many women who experience abuse/incest will unconsciously reenact it (repetition compulsion). What I've experienced, and what I read in Ms. Herman's book, is that knowledge of Complex PTSD (as opposed to PTSD) from childhood abuse of any kind and/or incest is so frightening to most people and fraught with the perils of upsetting the patriarchal power paradigm's status quo, that even therapists who specialize in this field contend with being ostracized by their peers. Best of Luck - it takes a lot of guts and perseverance to go through recovery from C-PTSD.
Abby Goldsmith I don't see any victim-blaming in this book. At all.
Ianto I revisited the book and got a whole different feel for this section. While it still struck me as problematic, I think I have a different understanding of it than I did on the first read-through. It was definitely worth reading again!
Shira I did not see any victim-blaming in the book.
Very worth reading.

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Saige I politely suggest you re-read this book as the unanimous response to your comment is that this book is not victim-blaming. As a survivor of abuse, I found it reassuring. The book gave context to the victim-blaming in society - and that is very different to support for victim-blaming. In fact, it is the reverse. It is some years since I read it but I felt so acknowledged, so 'seen' when this author exposed the fraud of Freud, the way he retracted and turned his back on his clients, letting down Anna B. She exposed and echoed the finding that Freud changed his reports that revealed so many instances of sexual abuse in his wealthy client base. But society would not tolerate these findings, certainly not the wealthy adults who paid for their daughters to be psychoanalyzed. Far better to claim they fantasized than to stick with the fact that these poor young women were abused. Freud re-abused them. As the media so often does today when it persecutes or victim blames; when it reports from the perspective of the abuser as a victim, rather than from the perspective of the victim, the survivor. There were many other aspects of this fine book that I will praise in a review.
Michelle Contreras Ewens WTF? Not true at all. Are you sure you read anything in the book,lol.
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