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Yes Means Yes!: Visions of Female Sexual Power and A World Without Rape Paperback – December 2, 2008
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"Utopian novels have grappled with the idea of a world without rape, but what would the path to that world look like? The controversial essays that make up Yes Means Yes! light the way along this very rough road and, not surprisingly, offer no easy solutions…The authors in this collection speak with authority and, unfortunately for some, from personal experience."
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The authors of these essays look at the different ways in which the traditionalist approach supports and enables rape and sexual assault. The conservative gender roles that present a woman as a secondary being actually promote the culture of rape: "While right-wing groups certainly don't come out in support of rape, they do promote an extremist ideology that enables rape and promotes a culture where sexual assault is tacitly accepted. The supposedly 'pro-family' marital structure, in which sex is exchanged for support and the woman's identity is absorbed into her husband's, reinforces the idea of women as property and as simple accoutrements to a man's more fully realized existence." So when we rush to declare ourself as male property by giving up our names, careers, interests and preferences for the huge honor of belonging to a man, let us remember where this ideology comes from and where it often leads us.
The very structure of our patriarchal vision of sexuality is informed by gender stereotypes. Men are expected to want sex more than women and employ a variety of "courting" tactics in order to get sex from presumably unwilling women. Every woman knows how annoying the rhetoric of female affections that have to be 'conquered' through male effort is. From early childhood, men are taught that female 'no' doesn't really mean a final and unquestionable rejection.Read more ›
I enjoyed the book's use of tags on each essay like a blog instead of grouping them in sections of similar themes as per usual in books. It makes reading the book feel more engaging because you have a say in where you go next. Under the tags at the end of each essay are other essays working with the same theme(s). I would have liked page numbers alongside these listed essays, but this is a minor quibble because I don't mind flipping a few pages. Plus, in heading back to the table of contents, you may find an essay you wish to read that shares none of the tags of the essay you just read. Dynamic reading, indeed!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is a must-read for any feminists, especially those advocating for survivors. Affirmative consent isn't new to college campuses, and it isn't a novelty idea. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Meg Warner
Love this book. It was in bad shape when it arrived but the book itself is informative. Reccommend.Published 10 months ago by Stephanie
Every person should read this. Great and varied ideas are expressed and conveyed by several influential feminists.Published 13 months ago by Sariphina
The way she talks about "white men" as if somehow she has justified her closet racism in the back of her mind, is appalling.Published 16 months ago by A. Maes
Some great essays! I particularly like the one by Millar, but all are interesting.Published 17 months ago by C. Ullman
It feels base to give a star-rating to a book like this, trivial even. Regardless, this is a excellent collection of essays attempting to create a matrix wherein female sexuality... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Daniel Casey
This was a gift for my niece. She loved this book and even posted about it on Facebook.Published 18 months ago by Our_shared_treasures
A wonderful set of essays that were concise and gave unique insights. Fun read.Published 20 months ago by krisadela