Research Violence

The Politics of Rape: The Victim’s Perspective

The Politics of Rape: The
Victim’s Perspective
Diana E.H. RussellStein and Day1974

In her pioneer book, The Politics of Rape (1975, 1984), Diana E. H. Russell was among the first feminist writers to offer a revolutionary new understanding of rape as a manifestation of sexism.  In a series of beautifully executed but wrenching interviews with 22 eloquent rape survivors, we learn about the excruciating pain, trauma, and long-term consequences caused by mens’ misogynist attitudes and behavior toward women.  Thankfully, Russell also provides a much-needed final chapter on how to combat rape.

Table of Contents

The Victim
1. The trauma of rape
2. The virgin and the whore
3. Good girls get raped, too
4. Females as prey
5. Females as cunts
6. The stigma of being raped

The Rapist
7. No right to say no
8. Lovers rape, too
9. Some of our best friends are rapists
10. Give it to me, bitch, or I’ll rape you
11. Some rapists think they’re lovers
12. Fathers, husbands, and other rapists

Rape and Race
13. White man wants a black piece
14. Rape and black rage
15. White racism has many faces
16. The rape of a white radical
17. Reverse racism and rape

Rape and Society
18. Keep it to yourself
19. Warning: men are dangerous: on the road and in the police station
20. Sexual liberation without sex-role liberation can get you raped
21. Psychiatrists, husbands, and others find the victim guilty
22. Get back down under, uppity woman!
23. Rapists speak for themselves
24. Rape and the masculine mystique
25. Rape and the feminine mystique
26. Solutions: female rage and other alternatives