1. Rape

    The Politics of Consciousness

    Susan Griffin

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    A powerful feminist examination of the deeply ingrained roots of rape in our shared cultural values

    Rape is the most frequently occurring violent crime in America. In this courageous, controversial, and groundbreaking work, the poet, feminist, and philosopher Susan Griffin examines rape as an inevitable result of a culture that celebrates and rewards aggressive sexual behavior in men, and one in which male dominance and female submissiveness have long been considered natural.

    With razor-sharp intelligence, clear-eyed candor, and surprising lyricism, Griffin explores the psychological, historical, political, and societal underpinnings of this devastating act, which cruelly denies a victim her self-determination. By viewing the dark phenomenon of rape through the lens of her personal experience—and through the words of injured parties, writers, legal agencies, and the media—Griffin’s powerful discourse is an essential contribution to feminist thought and literature.

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    Open Road Integrated Media

Editorial Reviews

  • “A scintillating and enthralling feminist thinker.” —Booklist

  • “Susan Griffin has written a movingly beautiful book. . . . Decisively connecting feminist consciousness and religious experience, [she] gives us all the hope that we may live someday in a world without rape.” —Unitarian Universalist World

  • “Susan Griffin is one of a growing number of contemporary women artists who, not content simply to represent what has gone unmentioned, see their work as a force for change.” —Adrienne Rich

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About the author

Susan Griffin

Susan Griffin is an award-winning poet, essayist, and playwright who has written nineteen books, including A Chorus of Stones, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award as well as a New York Times Notable Book.

Her groundbreaking Woman and Nature is the classic work that inspired ecofeminism. Named one of the top one hundred visionaries of the new millennium by Utne Reader, Griffin is the recipient of an Emmy Award for her play Voices, a National Endowment for the Arts grant, and a MacArthur Grant for Peace and International Cooperation. In 2009 she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship.