Sexuality Violence

Against Our Will: Men, Women and Rape

Against Our Will: Men, Women
and Rape
Susan BrownmillerSimon & Schuster1975

From Wikipedia: Against Our Will: Men, Women and Rape is a 1975 book about rape by Susan Brownmiller. The book is widely credited with changing public outlooks and attitudes about rape.

Brownmiller criticizes authors such as Richard von Krafft-Ebing, Sigmund Freud, Karl Marx, and Friedrich Engels for what she considers their oversights on the subject of rape. She describes rape as:

a conscious process of intimidation by which all men keep all women in a state of fear.

Susan Brownmiller, Against Our Will.

Brownmiller sought to examine general belief systems that women who were raped deserved it, as discussed by Clinton Duffy and others. She discusses rape in war, challenges the Freudian concept of women’s rape fantasies, and compares it to the gang lynchings of African Americans by white men. This comparison was used to show how lynching was once considered acceptable by communities, and then attitudes changed, followed by changed laws; Brownmiller hoped the same would happen with rape.

Table of Contents

A Personal Statement

Chapter 1: The Mass Psychology of Rape: An Introduction
Chapter 2: In the Beginning Was the Law
Chapter 3: War
… World War I
… World War II
… Bangladesh
… Vietnam
Chapter 4: Riots, Pogroms and Revolutions
… The American Revolution
… Pogroms
… The Mormon Persecutions
… Mob Violence Against Blacks: The KKK
… Mob Violence Against Whites: The Congo
Chapter 5: Two Studies in American History
… Indians
… Slavery
… Addendum: The Cliometricians
Chapter 6: The Police-Blotter Rapist
… Pairs, Groups and Gangs
… “Gratuitous Acts, Extravagant Defilements”
… Rape-Murder
Chapter 7: A Question of Race
Chapter 8: Power: Institution and Authority
… Prison Rape: The Homosexual Experience
… Police Rape
… The Sexual Abuse of Children
Chapter 9: The Myth of the Heroic Rapist
Chapter 10: Victims: The Setting
… The Conscious Rape Fantasy
… The Beautiful Victim
… “Blonde Ex-Showgirl Slain in Hotel Suite”
… Confessions: “He Made Me Do It!”
Chapter 11: Victims: The Crime
Chapter 12: Women Fight Back