Redefining Rape Sexual Violence in the Era of Suffrage and Segregation

ISBN-10: 0674724844

ISBN-13: 9780674724846

Edition: 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. Redefining Rape 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 ambitious new history, Estelle Freedman demonstrates that our definition of rape has depended heavily on dynamics of political power and social privilege.The long-dominant view of rape in America envisioned a brutal attack on a chaste white woman by a male stranger, usually an African American. From the early nineteenth century, advocates for women's rights and racial justice challenged this narrow definition and the sexual and political power of white men that it sustained. Between the 1870s and the 1930s, at the height of racial segregation and lynching, and amid the campaign for woman suffrage, women's rights supporters and African American activists tried to expand understandings of rape in order to gain legal protection from coercive sexual relations, assaults by white men on black women, street harassment, and the sexual abuse of children. By redefining rape, they sought to redraw the very boundaries of citizenship.Freedman narrates the victories, defeats, and limitations of these and other reform efforts. The modern civil rights and feminist movements, she points out, continue to grapple with both the insights and the dilemmas of these first campaigns to redefine rape in American law and culture.
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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 9/3/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 416
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

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Introduction: The Political History of Rape
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
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index
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