Just Sex? The Cultural Scaffolding of Rape (Women and Psychology Series)

Author(s): Nicola Gavey

Feminism/Women's Studies | Sexual Abuse

The past two decades have witnessed a significant shift in how rape is understood in Western societies. This shift in perception has revealed the startling frequency of occurrences of date rape, obscuring the divide between rape and what was once just sex.


Just Sex? combines an overview of the existing literature with an analysis of recent research to examine the psychological and cultural implications of this new epidemic. The result is the conclusion that feminist theory on sexual victimisation has gone both too far and not far enough. The reader is presented with a challenging and original perspective on the issues of rape, sex and the body, incorporating subjects including: * rape as a social problem * the social constructionism of sex, subjectivity and the body * heterosexuality under the microscope This book succeeds in making a valuable contribution to feminist and social contructionist work on rape that will be of interest to those studying psychology, gender studies, cultural studies and sociology. 

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Contents: Introduction. Part 1: Rape in a Different Light. Rape as a Social Problem. The Discovery of a Rape Epidemic. Part 2: Gender, Power and Sexuality - and the Limits of Individual Choice. The Social Construction of Sex, Subjectivity and the Body. Heterosexuality Under the Microscope. Unsexy Sex: Unwanted Sex, Sexual Coercion and Rape. Part 3: Going Too Far, Not Going Far Enough. Can a Woman be Raped and Not Know It? Turning the Tables? Women Raping Men. Towards Ending Rape.

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  • : 9780415310727
  • : Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • : Routledge
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Nicola Gavey
  • : Paperback