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Redefining rape : sexual violence in the era of suffrage and segregation

Author: Estelle B Freedman
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2013.
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Rape has never had a universally accepted definition, and the uproar over "legitimate rape" during the 2012 U.S. elections confirms that it remains a word in flux. This book tells the story of the forces that have shaped the meaning of sexual violence in the United States, through the experiences of accusers, assailants, and advocates for change. In this new history, the author demonstrates that our definition of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Estelle B Freedman
ISBN: 9780674724846 0674724844
OCLC Number: 827528484
Description: 387 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: The narrowing meaning of rape --
The crime of seduction --
Empowering white women --
Contesting the rape of Black women --
The racialization of rape and lynching --
African Americans redefine sexual violence --
Raising the age of consent --
From protection to sexualization --
The sexual vulnerability of boys --
"Smashing the masher" --
After suffrage --
The anti-lynching movement --
Scottsboro and its legacies --
The enduring politics of rape.
Responsibility: Estelle B. Freedman.

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The uproar over "legitimate rape" during the 2012 US elections confirms that rape remains a word in flux, subject to political power and social privilege. This book describes the forces that have  Read more...

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Freedman shows how, since the country s founding, ideas about sexual violence have traditionally been informed--and enforced--by and for a ruling class of white men. She also outlines the history of Read more...

 
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