Against Our Will: Men, Women and Rape [Susan Brownmiller] on * FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The most comrpehensive study of rape. Looking back on the 40th anniversary of Susan Brownmiller’s groundbreaking book ‘Against Our Will’. Praise. “A major work of history, a classic No one who reads it will come away untouched.”—The Village Voice “The most comprehensive study of rape ever.

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Brownmiller grew up in Brooklyn, an only child; her father, a dress salesman in the garment district, had come to America from the Polish shtetl where he was born, where he had married her much younger mother, a secretary.

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She had read it so fast. In the s and earlier, a rape victim seeking help would be met, instead, with blame and suspicion. Rape as the Combat in a War”. Brownmiller became inspired to explore the topic of rape after helping to organize a conference on rape with the New York Radical Feminists an organization she had co-founded.

The author of The Dialectic of Sex had a history of schizophrenia and was almost destitute at the time of her death, which may have been caused by starvation.

Another time, when I was giving a talk on agaonst college campus, a woman raised her hand and asked: There was nothing comforting in an historical analysis that indicted society for protecting rapists and contributing to the further humiliation of rape victims. Does she fear they are almost forgotten now?

Men, Women and Rape is a book about rape by Susan Brownmillerin which the author argues that rape is againsst conscious process of intimidation by which all men keep all women in a state of fear.


The talk that night moved seamlessly from childbirth to abortion, which was then still illegal. Decades later, her arguments are still relevant as politicians, college administrators and activists struggle to address the problem of sexual violence.

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No one who reads it will come away untouched. Her emphasis on rape as a tactic in war and other forms of political conflict framed sexual violence as a collective social problem as well as a deliberate, calculated act meant to humiliate and degrade the victim. InBrownmiller was working as a television newswriter at ABC and marching against the war in Vietnam when the Women’s Liberation Movement erupted.

She was there for the famous sit-in at the Ladies Home Journal in a protest against not only its contents, but the fact that it was edited by a mana demo that won the women eight pages to make their own in a forthcoming issue; and she knew all its most important figures: E-mail The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly. Very old now, the original book dates form the s, iirc – but it is still worth reading for some of the different perceptions of rape, which, most unfortunately, don’t seem to have changed.

It forces readers to take a fresh look at their own attitudes toward this devastating crime. Brownmiller listened, aware it would be her turn soon, and all she could think was: Random House, Vintage Books. The need to talk out, I find promising. It forced me to rethink my entire position as a woman and, in the process, it made me extremely uncomfortable—as it should. A landmark work, one of the most significant books to emerge in this decade.


Betty Friedan had already published The Feminine Mystiquewhich Brownmiller had gobbled up, recognising aspects of herself on every page.

“Against Our Will” author Susan Brownmiller is born

Some of the sisters, however, were not happy. After four years of research, she published her groundbreaking book Against Our Will: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. It is easy to see why this is a classic. Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically. Encyclopedia of Women’s Sjsan in America.

Rape had been cloaked in stigma and silence for much of American history. Down the years, she lived with three different men, but she never married and she never wanted to have children. When she did finally come to speak, what she wanted to say first was that she was lucky to be alive — at which point, her eyes filled with tears.

She was in a fury. For months at a time, she was hunkered down in the New York Public Library, her typewriter safely installed in a room reserved for writers who smoked. She left New York and went off to set up her Christmas tree farm. Sign Up for Our Newsletters Sign up to receive the top stories you need to know now on politics, oyr, money and more.