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How I was a rape denier & accepted rape myths
Denial :Twenty odd years ago I picked up a battered old paperback in one of my city’s many wonderful second hand bookshops.It was called “A Woman In Berlin”. Not only was it a personal testimony, in fact a diary, from the Second World War – a pet favourite subject. It was by a woman. And it was set in the Berlin of Germany’s Year Zero (1945)
However, I stopped reading it when it became clear that the main bit of history it dealt with was the rape of two million German women by the Red Army, the Liberators of Europe. I stopped not because I couldn’t cope with reading personal accounts of being gang raped (though that would certainly put…
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Powerful temperament story
This interview was originally published in Issue 3 of Bluestockings Magazine.
On July 27, 2013, Bluestockings editor Chanelle Adams sat down with Dr. Anne Fausto-Sterling to learn more about her personal views on feminism, gender, and science, building on a previous profile of the academic.
Dr. Anne Fausto-Sterling received her B.A. in zoology from the University of Wisconsin and her Ph.D. in developmental genetics at Brown University. Fausto-Sterling has taught at Brown for over forty years. A controversial figure throughout her career, she has continually critiqued the lack of a feminist perspective in mainstream scientific research and discussions. She is widely cited in feminist and scientific texts for her work deconstructing the sex/gender binary and her rethinking of the nature-nurture divide.
Professor Fausto-Sterling’s current research applies dynamic systems theory to the study of human development, most recently examining sex differences in bone development and gender behavioral differences in early…
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“A slut is a person of any gender who has the courage to lead life according to the radical proposition that sex is nice and pleasure is good for you,” write Dossie Easton and Janet Hardy in The Ethical Slut: A guide to infinite sexual possibilities.
In doing so, they create space for every sexual possibility except for one: the possibility to consider whether sex may not be nice.
Some might suggest this space exists, already populated by woman-haters, given the shame, hatred and violence on offer for women who dare to have sex on their own terms. But these moralistic right-wing views don’t hold that sex is not nice – they hold that women who have sex (and others who are seen to be treated as women in sex) are not nice.
As such it is both progressive and radical to say that sex is not shameful…
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