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New and Noteworthy
Publication Date: 2021-09-28
Believing is a story of America's three decades long reckoning with gender violence, offering insights into its roots, and paths to creating change. We once thought gender-based violence - from casual harassment to rape and murder - was an individual problem that affected a few; we now know it's cultural and endemic. Here Anita Hill draws on her years as a teacher, legal scholar, and advocate, to demonstrate the impact it has on every aspect of our lives. And she is uncompromising in her demands that our laws and our leaders must address the issue concretely and immediately.
The #MeToo Movement by
Publication Date: 2019-12-15
#MeToo gained much-needed traction when celebrities began sharing their horrifying experiences in an effort to bring down a powerful studio mogul. Revelations of sexual harassment are often met with smearing and victim blaming, but many believe the Hollywood spotlight has a real chance of effecting change. Still, many feel threatened by this movement. Has #MeToo gone too far? Is its mission clear? Has it failed to include more mar-ginalized groups? Will it be abandoned when Hollywood moves on to its next cause? This volume presents diverse viewpoints that unpack the goals, triumphs, and shortcomings of this relatively young movement.
Sexual Citizens by
Publication Date: 2020-01-14
The fear of campus sexual assault has become an inextricable part of the college experience. And for far too many students, that fear is realized. Research has shown that by the time they graduate, as many as one in three women and almost one in six men will have been sexually assaulted. But why is sexual assault such a common feature of college life? And what can be done to prevent it? Jennifer S. Hirsch and Shamus Khan present an entirely new framework that emphasizes sexual assault's social roots, transcending current debates about consent, predators in a "hunting ground," and the dangers of hooking up.
Just Pursuit by
Publication Date: 2022-01-18
When Laura Coates joined the Department of Justice as a prosecutor, she wanted to advocate for the most vulnerable among us. But she quickly realized that even with the best intentions, "the pursuit of justice creates injustice." On the front lines of our legal system, Coates saw how Black communities are policed differently; Black cases are prosecuted differently; Black defendants are judged differently. Through these revelatory and captivating scenes from the courtroom, Coates explores the tension between the idealism of the law and the reality of working within the parameters of our flawed legal system, exposing the chasm between what is right and what is lawful.
Slut-Shaming, Whorephobia, and the Unfinished Sexual Revolution by
Publication Date: 2021-06-16
The sexual revolution is unfinished. A sexual double standard between men and women still exists, and society continues to punish bad girls and reward good ones. Until we eliminate good-girl privilege and bad-girl stigma, women will not be fully free to embrace their sexuality. Meredith Ralston looks at the common denominators between the #MeToo movement, the myths of rape culture, and the pleasure gap between men and women to reveal the ways that sexually liberated women threaten the patriarchy. Weaving in history, pop culture, philosophy, interviews with sex workers, and personal anecdotes, Ralston shows how women cannot achieve sexual equality until the sexual double standard and good girl/bad girl binary are eliminated and women viewed by society as "whores" are destigmatized.
The Title IX Guy by
Publication Date: 2021-05-15
James J. Wilkerson has spent his career speaking out on behalf of others. In this debut collection, Wilerson discusses his own experiences with masculinity and the ways it impacts our culture. As a lawyer, an advocate, and a fraternity alum, Wilkerson has a uniquely inside look into the ways society has created and defined what it means to be "a man." Through these essays, he takes a look at how we got here and lays out just how much we would all benefit from a cultural course correction. James Wilkerson holds his Masters degree in communication from Bellarmine University and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Louisville. He is the founder of Greek Law: a sexual assault prevention and consent program for fraternity and sorority chapters. He has gone on to write extensively about sexual assault through a legal lens.
How to Defend Yourself by
Publication Date: 2020-09-22
A Yale Drama Series-winning play about self-defense, desire, and healing in the aftermath of a college rape Seven college students gather for a DIY self-defense workshop after a sorority sister is raped. They practice using their bodies as weapons. They wrestle with their desires. They learn the limits of self-defense. This new play by writer, director, actor, and community builder Liliana Padilla explores the intersection of sex, community, and what it means to heal in a violent world. Padilla shows how learning self-defense becomes a channel for these college students' rage, anxiety, confusion, trauma, and desire. The play examines what one wants, how to ask for it, and the ways rape culture threatens one's body and sense of belonging. It is the thirteenth winner of the Yale Drama Series prize and the second one chosen by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar.
Publication Date: 2020-03-10
The first history--incisive, witty, fascinating--of the fight against sexual harassment, from the author of the New York Times bestseller Sisters in Law Linda Hirshman, acclaimed historian of social movements, delivers the sweeping story of the struggle leading up to #MeToo and beyond: from the first tales of workplace harassment percolating to the surface in the 1970s to the Clinton/Lewinsky scandal--when liberal women largely forgave Clinton, giving men a free pass for two decades. Many liberals even resisted the movement to end rape on campus. And yet, legal, political, and cultural efforts, often spearheaded by women of color, were quietly paving the way for the takedown of abusers and harassers. Reckoning delivers the stirring tale of a movement catching fire as pioneering women in the media exposed the Harvey Weinsteins of the world, women flooded the political landscape, and the walls of male privilege finally began to crack. This is revelatory, essential social history.
Women's Liberation! by
Publication Date: 2021-02-16
Activists and writers Alix Kates Shulman and Honor Moore have gathered an unprecedented collection of works--many long out-of-print and hard to find--that catalyzed and propelled the women's liberation movement. Ranging from Friedan's Feminine Mystique to Backlash, Susan Faludi's Reagan-era requiem, and framed by Shulman and Moore with an introduction and headnotes that provide historical and personal context, the anthology reveals the crucial role of Black feminists and other women of color in a decades long mass movement that not only brought about fundamental changes in American life--changes too often taken for granted today--but envisioned a thoroughgoing revolution in society and consciousness still to be achieved.
Ending Sexual Violence in College by
Publication Date: 2021-03-23
How do we create a culture of zero tolerance for sexual violence on college campuses? In a world where one in five women on campus experience some form of sexual assault, what would it take to create a campus culture that was free of violence against women? From a public health perspective, sexual assault is an epidemic on campuses, but why? What is it about a campus community culture that permits or encourages this, at a time when a majority of students are now female? In this practical guide for colleges and universities, Joanne H. Gavin, James Campbell Quick, and David J. Gavin lay out a community-based model that is designed to eliminate sexual misconduct, spot it before it happens, punish its perpetrators, support its victims/survivors, and end this epidemic.
Toxic Masculinity by
Publication Date: 2019-07-15
Since the emergence of the #MeToo movement, the term "toxic masculinity" has been used as an insult, a defense, and a lazy explanation of society's ills. What is toxic masculinity? Is it inherently a condemnation or is it a nuanced labeling of the limitations of gender roles? Written by diverse authors from a variety of perspectives, the essays in this enlightening resource explore the state of masculinity today, whether toxic masculinity actually exists, how it affects others, and how changes in men's and women's roles may or may not be something to fear.
Publication Date: 2020-03-03
This ground-breaking book exposes a taboo aspect of Holocaust history; the sexual abuse of children. Children were sexually assaulted in ghettos, camps, on transit trains, while in hiding, and even when sent to supposed safety outside Europe. The Nazi's genocidal brutality facilitated the abuse of children, in addition to targeting them for murder. In addition, children were sexually assaulted by some rescuers and peers who took advantage of their vulnerability. After the war, they were again betrayed by those who discounted their experiences, and by Holocaust scholars who refuse to acknowledge their stories or give credence to their memories.
Armies of Enablers by
Publication Date: 2020-09-25
Focusing on cases of sexual assault from USA Gymnastics, Michigan State University, Penn State University, The Ohio State University, and the Catholic Church, interview after interview sheds compelling light on two powerful responses: that this question had not been previously asked and that survivor expectation of protection and support from the enabler-bystander was rarely, if ever, met. Clearly the perpetrator benefitted from the complicity of the enabler. From the survivors perspective, both bear responsibility for their plight and must be held accountable. This book emphasizes individual and institutional enablers alike; in fact, armies of enablers. Guiora proposes legal, cultural, and social measures aimed at the enabler from the survivors perspective. The proposed changes will address, and impact, both broader society and specific communities including higher education, elite athletics, sports organizations, religious institutions, law enforcement, the entertainment industry, and elected officials.
Dismantling the Patriarchy, Bit by Bit by
Publication Date: 2021-10-07
In Dismantling the Patriarchy, Bit by Bit, Judith K. Brodsky makes a ground-breaking intellectual leap by connecting feminist art theory with the rise of digital art. Technology has commonly been considered the domain of white men but-unrecognized until this book-female artists, including women artists of color, have been innovators in the digital art arena as early as the late 1960s when computers first became available outside of government and university laboratories. Brodsky looks at various forms of visual art that are quickly becoming the dominant art of the 21st century, examining the work of artists in such media as video (from pioneers Joan Jonas and Adrian Piper to Hannah Black today), websites and social networking (from Vera Frenkel to Ann Hirsch), virtual and augmented reality art (Jenny Holzer to Hyphen-Lab), and art using artificial intelligence.
The New Sex Wars by
Publication Date: 2021-10-26
Revisits the sex wars of the 1970s and '80s and examines their influence on how we think about sexual harm in the #MeToo era #MeToo's stunning explosion on social media in October 2017 radically changed--and amplified--conversations about sexual violence as it revealed how widespread the issue is and toppled prominent celebrities and politicians. But, as the movement spread, a conflict emerged among feminist supporters and detractors about how punishment should be doled out and how justice should be served. The New Sex Wars explores what can been learned from these stories, what traps we repeatedly fall into, how we have been denied our anger, and where to begin to make law work.
Maya Angelou (Revised and Updated Edition) by
Publication Date: 2021-01-14
A revised and updated edition of a comprehensive biographical and critical reading of the works of American poet and memoirist Maya Angelou (1928-2014). Linda Wagner-Martin covers all six of Angelou's autobiographies, as well as her essay and poetry collections, whilst also exploring Angelou's life as an African American in the United States, her career as stage and film performer, her thoughtful participation in the Civil Rights actions of the 1960s, and her travels abroad in Egypt, Africa, and Europe.
Intimate Partner Violence by
Publication Date: 2021-09-03
Intimate Partner Violence: Clinical Interventions with Women, Men, and their Children brings into focus an ecological and clinical frame for addressing the resulting psychological effects of intimate partner violence (IPV). Aymer presents a perspective that is often omitted from social work textbooks which are geared to generalist practice, tending to expose students to macro-systemic ideas (including criminal justice policies and procedures) relative to IPV. However, this book expands clinical social work pedagogy by reinforcing the need for students to go beyond macro issues in order to deliver competent clinically-based interventions that help women, children, and men work though the consequential effects of partner violence. Designed for graduate social work students, it expands the discourse- arguing that IPV is a complex psycho-social-political-relational problem that must be understood from a multi-theoretical perspective. Through case studies, theory, research, and the authors clinical practice wisdom, this text will: increase understanding of how to work clinically with women affected by IPV, increase knowledge of how to work with abusive men, heighten knowledge of how IPV affects children and adolescents, expand knowledge of social cultural notions, and explore mens role in terms of advocating against gender-based violence.