The female fear /
Margaret T. Gordon, Stephanie Riger.
New York : Free Press ; London : Collier Macmillan, c1989.
xvi, 230 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
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New York : Free Press ; London : Collier Macmillan, c1989.
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Includes index.
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Bibliography: p. 213-225.
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Appeared in Choice on 1989-07:
The fear to which Gordon and Riger refer is the fear of rape. Data were collected in Philadelphia, Chicago, and San Francisco from 4,922 telephone interviews, and from 367 in-person interviews; and the interviews were supplemented with national crime data. The authors find that women have a ubiquitous fear of rape. The psychological and social costs of this fear are demonstrated in the way women think, organize their lives, and relate to others. Two chapters critique the legal system and media for their roles in perpetuating this culture of fear. The authors discuss what both individuals and the large society can do to improve the situation. This careful, scholarly book makes a valuable contribution to the understanding of rape and summarizes in an integrative way other American research on the topic. Useful for undergraduate students and above, as well as general readers. -B. Miller, California State University, Long Beach
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 1988-11-11:
Most urban women suffer from a fear of rape, which is compounded by sexual taboos about discussing it, antiquated rape laws and a male-dominated court system, according to Gordon, a consultant on rape prevention who teaches journalism at Northwestern University, and Riger, associate professor of psychology at Lake Forrest College in Illinois. This significant, comprehensive study, spurred by the past decade's sizable increase in rapes, is based on interviews and telephone surveys of hundreds of men and women. The authors explore the source of this fear of rape, its influence on the quality of women's lives, the results in relationships with men and the methods of coping with the physical trauma. Few women resist rapists, the authors maintain, but to avoid the danger of rape, they severely restrict their activities, especially at night. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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