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What we talk about when we talk about rape / Sohaila Abdulali.

Abdulali, Sohaila, author. (Author).
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  • ISBN: 9781620974735
  • ISBN: 1620974738
  • ISBN: 9781620974742
  • ISBN: 1620974746
  • Physical Description: 226 pages ; 20 cm
  • Publisher: New York : New Press, [2018]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 225-226) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Introduction -- Who am I to talk? -- Shut up or die, crazy bitch -- Totally different, exactly the same -- Yes, no, maybe -- What did you expect? -- Oh, please -- How to save a life -- The Abdulali guidelines for saving a rape survivor's life -- The official version -- Your love is killing me -- A brief pause for horror -- A bagful of dentures -- Teflon Man -- Keys to the kingdom -- A brief pause for fury -- Rx: polite conversation -- All in the family -- A brief pause for confusion -- STealing freedom, stealing joy -- Lead weights for drowning -- A brief pause for ennui -- The quality of mercy -- Your rape is worse than mine -- Good girls don't -- Rape prevention for beginners -- Boys will... -- A brief pause for terror -- The full catastrophe.
Summary, etc.: "Drawing on her own experience, her work with hundreds of survivors as the head of a rape crisis center in Boston, and three decades of grappling with rape as a feminist intellectual and writer, Abdulali tackles some of our thorniest questions about rape, articulating the confounding way we account for who gets raped and why--and asking how we want to raise the next generation. In interviews with survivors from around the world we hear moving personal accounts of hard-earned strength, humor, and wisdom that collectively tell the larger story of what rape means and how healing can occur."--Dust jacket flap.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2018 October #1
    In 2013, Abdulali wrote an op-ed for the New York Times about her own experience of rape and its aftermath. This book expands that essay, examining rape and rape culture on a global level and in the wake of the #MeToo movement. In the three decades since her rape, Abdulali has worked at a rape crisis center, interviewed survivors from around the world, and written extensively on the topic. But her book is by no means meant to be the final word on rape; she intends, in fact, to start a dialogue. In the introduction, she admits that she may contradict herself but that hers is no simple topic, and individual experiences of and responses to rape vary dramatically. She writes in a conversational style and injects a levity that, rather than betraying the seriousness of her subject, makes it more possible to handle the necessary yet horrifying details of rape of all kinds. An important book working towards an important goal: meaningful and thoughtful discussion of a taboo subject. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Sohaila Abdulali was born in Mumbai. She has a BA from Brandeis University in economics and sociology and an MA from Stanford University in communication. She is the author of two novels as well as children’s books and short stories. She lives in New York with her family.

Subject: Rape.
Rape victims.
Rape victims.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Feminism & Feminist Theory.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sexual Abuse & Harassment.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies.
Genre: Nonfiction.

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