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Speaking Out

Feminism, Rape and Narrative Politics

Palgrave Macmillan

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  • Provides the first history of women speaking out against rape from the 1970s to today

  • Examines a range of key texts, from the Victim Impact Statement of Emily Doe to personal accounts of the #MeToo movement

  • Provides a critical bibliography of the genre of rape memoirs, drawing on over 50 books

  • Analyses the strengths and limitations of speaking out as a political practice

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About this book

This is the first critical study of feminist practices of ‘speaking out’ in response to rape. This book argues that feminist anti-rape politics are characterised by a belief in the transformative potential of women’s personal narratives of sexual violence. The political mobilisation of these narratives has been an incredibly successful strategy, but one with unresolved ethical questions and political limitations. The book explores both the successes and the unresolved questions through feminist archival materials, published narratives of sexual violence, and mass media and internet sources. It argues that that a rethinking of the role and place of women’s stories and the politics of speaking out is vital for a rethinking of feminist politics around sexual violence and key to fresh approaches to combating this violence.

Keywords

  • Gender
  • Women's studies
  • Victimology
  • Victims
  • #metoo
  • crime and gender
  • crime and media
  • sexual violence
  • gender and politics
  • domestic violence
  • online narrative
  • breaking the silence
  • politics and crime
  • ethnicity, class, gender and crime
  • violence and crime

Reviews

“Serisier’s book has obvious implications for scholars of criminology, feminist history and politics, and cultural studies … . Serisier writes powerfully … .” (Karen Crawley, Feminist Legal Studies, Vol. 29, 2021)

Authors and Affiliations

  • School of Law, Birkbeck, University of London, London, UK

    Tanya Serisier

About the author

Tanya Serisier is Lecturer in Criminology at Birkbeck College, University of London. She writes and publishes on the cultural politics of sexuality and sexual violence. 

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Buying options

eBook
USD 19.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-319-98669-2
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book
USD 29.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)