Pub. date: 2010 | Online Pub. Date: November 23, 2010 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412959193 | Print ISBN: 9781412959186 | Online ISBN: 9781412959193| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Russell, Diana E. H.: The Politics of Rape
April Dawn Henning
In The Politics of Rape , first published in 1975, Diana E. H. Russell considered the consequences of rape, an extreme form of aggressive male behavior toward women. Russell attempted to determine what leads men to act aggressively toward women and why, as well as what the consequences and repercussions for the victim are as a result. Further, she explores the ways that society regards the crime, the victims, and the perpetrators of rape. She conducted and analyzed 22 in-depth interviews with rape victims. These narratives served as the vehicle for exploring the underlying social assumptions, views, and beliefs about rape. Included in the accounts are examples of the different forms the crime can take (rape by strangers, marital and date rape, gang rape, incest), as well as examples of reactions to the crime by the victims themselves and by their friends and family members. Russell also includes a chapter ...