A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one. – George RR Martin
Against Our Will: Men, Women and Rape by Susan Brownmiller
First published in 1975, Susan Brownmiller’s book about rape was widely credited for bringing a previously taboo topic into the spotlight and for launching a process of reshaping public attitudes about rape. The book remains as relevant and potent today as it was 40+ years ago, presenting a body of multidisciplinary research on the subject from tackling the biological aspects of rape to examining the history of rape as a tool of war. I don’t expect this to be an easy read, but I think that it is an important work — and here I hesitate to say “for any woman” or “for any activist,” because, truly, it is important for any human being. You can expect a thorough review when I’m finished.