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Lewd Women and Wicked Witches : A Study in the Dynamics of Male Domination Marianne Hester

Lewd Women and Wicked Witches : A Study in the Dynamics of Male Domination

Marianne Hester

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ISBN : 9780415052092
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256 pages
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During the 1970s and 1980s feminists increasingly came to recognize how the eroticization of womens inferiority, and male sexual violence are both central to the maintenance and perpetuation of male power over women. These issues were largely takenMoreDuring the 1970s and 1980s feminists increasingly came to recognize how the eroticization of womens inferiority, and male sexual violence are both central to the maintenance and perpetuation of male power over women. These issues were largely taken up by radical and especially revolutionary feminists. Marianne Hester, in this book, attempts to explain how womens experience of male sexual violence, through rape and sexual abuse, can lead to an understanding of male power over women. Her analysis also helps us to understand male power in other historical periods. The book focuses on two very separate events and periods: the development of a revolutionary feminist theory of sexuality in response to male sexual violence in the present day, and the witch hunts of early modern England. While stressing the socio-historical specificity and distinct characteristics of mens and womens lives within the 20th-century on the one hand and the 16th and 17th centuries on the other, she argues that the witch hunts may be seen as an historically specific example of male violence. This book should be of interest to students of womens studies, history, and sociology.