Sexual Violence in History: A Bibliography

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First published: February 1, 2024 - Last updated: February 1, 2024


Authors: Adam Lankford and Hannah Rae Evans

Title: Sex, Power, and Violence

Subtitle: What Do the Rape Incidents in Susan Brownmiller's Against Our Will Actually Show?

Journal: International Criminal Justice Review

Volume: (Published online before print)


Year: 2024 (Published online: January 2, 2024)


ISSN: 1057-5677 - Find a Library: WorldCat | eISSN: 1556-3855 - Find a Library: WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History | American History: U.S. History | Types: Rape: Research: Theories / Feminst Theory


Link: Sage Journals (Restricted Access)


- Adam Lankford, Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice, University of Alabama - Author's Personal Website, Google Scholar, ORCID, ResearchGate

- Hannah Rae Evans: ResearchGate

Abstract: »Susan Brownmiller's groundbreaking book, Against Our Will: Men, Women, and Rape, brought much-needed attention to a tremendously understudied crime and exposed many dangerous misconceptions. However, it also inspired a massive debate about whether sexual violence is primarily driven by desires for sex or power, and that argument persists today. For this study, we treated the book's incidents (N = 245) as data, instead of as a narrative, and systematically analyzed them. Overall, our findings suggest many perpetrators identified by Brownmiller may have been sexually frustrated, and multiple aspects of their behavior indicate they were seeking sexual relief. At the same time, many also seemed to be seeking increased sexual power to fulfill their desires, and a small subset may have specifically sought revenge against women. Together, these results suggest a potential middle ground exists amidst a polarized debate between scholars with adversarial perspectives.« (Source: International Criminal Justice Review)

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