Transforming a Rape Culture


Transforming a Rape Culture

“Compassionate and constructive.” —NEW YORK TIMES
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Originally published in 1993, this pioneering anthology is a powerful polemic for fundamental cultural change: the transformation of basic attitudes about power, gender, race, and sexuality. This edition adds new pieces on the Internet, the role of sports in sexual violence, and rape as a calculated instrument of war. The diverse contributors—which include bell hooks, Andrea Dworkin, Michael Messner, Yvette Flores, and Ntozake Shange—are activists, opinion leaders, theologians, policymakers, educators, and authors of both genders who tackle such hot-button issues as pornography and the intersection of race and rape.

The book’s statistics have been thoroughly updated, as have essays about sexual violence in K–12 schools and in the church. New pieces from within America’s immigrant communities depict struggles with domestic violence, sexual harassment, and community stigmas against reporting rape. This violence, not limited to one race, creed, or nationality, has its roots in cultural biases that are still much in need of change.

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Emilie Buchwald

Emilie Buchwald has worked as an editor, poet, teacher, and award-winning children’s author. She is the co-founder and former publisher of Milkweed Editions. Buchwald has been honored with the prestigious McKnight Distinguished Artist Award, the Kay Sexton Award, and the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, given by the National Book Critics Circle

Pamela Fletcher

Pamela Fletcher has taught at the University of Minnesota, Carleton College, and the Loft Literary Center. Her essays have appeared in The Utne ReaderColors, and The Hungry Mind Review


Martha Roth is the author of Arousal and co-editor of Transforming a Rape Culture (both published by Milkweed Editions). Her other books include Mother Journeys: Feminists Write about Mothering, and the critically-acclaimed novel Goodness.

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Milkweed Staff – 10/19/2017

First published in 1993, Transforming a Rape Culture is a groundbreaking anthology about sexual violence, America's rape culture, and what...