Transforming a Rape Culture

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Emilie Buchwald, Pamela R. Fletcher, Martha Roth
Milkweed Editions, 2005 - Social Science - 424 pages
Originally published in 1993, this pioneering anthology is a powerful polemic for fundamental cultural change: the transformation of basic attitudes about power, gender, race, and sexuality. This edition adds new pieces on Internet pornography, the role of sports in sexual violence, and rape as a calculated instrument of war. The diverse contributors, which include bell hooks, Andrea Dworkin, Michael Messner, Yvette Flores, and Ntozake Shange, are activists, opinion leaders, theologians, policymakers, educators, and authors of both genders who tackle such hot-button issues as pornography and the intersection of race and rape.

The book's statistics have been thoroughly updated, as have essays about sexual violence in K-12 schools and in the church. New pieces from within America's immigrant communities depict struggles with domestic violence, sexual harassment, and community stigmas against reporting rape. This violence, not limited to one race, creed, or nationality, has its roots in cultural biases that are still much in need of change.

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About the author (2005)

Emilie Buchwald was named the McKnight Distinguished Artist of the Year in 2002 as publisher of Milkweed Editions. She lives in Edina, MN.

Pamela Fletcher teaches at several colleges in Minnesota. She lives in Minneapolis.

Martha Roth is the author of the Promise of a New Day and Family Feelings. She divides her time between Vancouver and Seattle.

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