By Susan Brownmiller
Susan Brownmiller’s groundbreaking bestseller uncovers the tradition of violence opposed to girls with a devastating exploration of the background of rape—now with a brand new preface via the writer exposing the undercurrents of rape nonetheless current today
Rape, as writer Susan Brownmiller proves in her startling and significant ebook, isn't really approximately intercourse yet approximately energy, worry, and subjugation. For millions of years, it's been seen as a suitable “spoil of war,” used as a weapon via invading armies to overwhelm the need of the conquered. The act of rape opposed to girls has lengthy been cloaked in lies and fake justifications.
It is neglected, tolerated, even inspired via governments and army leaders, misunderstood through police and protection firms, freely hired via domineering husbands and fans, downplayed by means of clinical and attorneys extra vulnerable to “blame the victim,” and, possibly such a lot shockingly, permitted in supposedly civilized societies world wide, together with the United States.
Against Our Will is a vintage paintings that has been broadly credited with altering triumphing attitudes approximately violence opposed to ladies by means of awakening the general public to the genuine and carrying on with tragedy of rape world wide and in the course of the ages.
Selected via the New York instances e-book Review as a great booklet of the yr and integrated one of the long island Public Library’s Books of the Century, opposed to Our Will is still a necessary paintings of sociological and old value.
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In the new managerial context, target-setting is the main mechanism which drives the system from the centre. Provided central government can demonstrate that the aspects of the service it is targeting are appropriate to improving quality (something that the Labour party in the UK has actually found much harder to accomplish within health than within education), all it then has to do is insist that the targets it has set will be met. Exactly how this promise will be fulfilled is then to a large degree devolved to others who themselves can be called to account for any progress made (or lack of it).
By contrast, 35 LITERACY AND GENDER Solsken sees risks for both boys and girls as they make choices over how to position themselves around literacy. For her, becoming literate holds a particular social charge which all children must negotiate. In her account girls are more likely to ‘play safe’ and occupy territory which is more closely defined and proscribed. She sees a price to pay for such caution, just as there is a price to pay for the risks boys take too. These new ways of looking at gender-differentiated attainment in specific areas of the curriculum through a focus on socially situated interaction in the classroom are core to the rest of this book.
When developed from an explicitly feminist perspective, any such assessment is made with the intention that girls should not lose out as a result, and is wary of endorsing stereotypic aspects of masculinity in the process (Gilbert and Gilbert, 1998, p. 21). 24 LITERACY, GENDER AND SCHOOL ACHIEVEMENT The interventions feminists have suggested for the literacy curriculum vary pretty much in line with the range of earlier work on girls’ educational attainment (see above) and according to the logic of the social explanations for educational underachievement that they imply (Barrs and Pidgeon, 1993).