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By Susan Brownmiller

Susan Brownmiller’s groundbreaking bestseller uncovers the tradition of violence opposed to girls with a devastating exploration of the heritage of rape—now with a brand new preface by means of the writer exposing the undercurrents of rape nonetheless current today

Rape, as writer Susan Brownmiller proves in her startling and critical publication, isn't approximately intercourse yet approximately strength, worry, and subjugation. For hundreds of thousands of years, it's been seen as a suitable “spoil of war,” used as a weapon via invading armies to weigh down the desire of the conquered. The act of rape opposed to ladies has lengthy been cloaked in lies and fake justifications.

It is missed, tolerated, even inspired through governments and armed forces leaders, misunderstood by means of police and safeguard organisations, freely hired via domineering husbands and enthusiasts, downplayed via clinical and lawyers extra vulnerable to “blame the victim,” and, might be such a lot shockingly, authorized in supposedly civilized societies world wide, together with the United States.

Against Our Will is a vintage paintings that has been largely credited with altering winning attitudes approximately violence opposed to ladies via awakening the general public to the real and carrying on with tragedy of rape world wide and during the ages.

Selected by means of the New York occasions publication Review as an exceptional booklet of the yr and incorporated one of the big apple Public Library’s Books of the Century, opposed to Our Will is still an important paintings of sociological and historic value.

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Caring is not only a question of motive or attitude or virtue. On the other hand, Bubeck’s account is unduly close to a utilitarian interpretation of meeting needs, neglecting that care also has an aspect of motive and virtue. If virtue ethics is interpreted as less restricted to motives, and if it takes adequate account of the results of the virtuous person’s activities for the persons cared for, it may better include the concerns of the ethics of care. It would still, however, focus on the dispositions of individuals, whereas the ethics of care focuses on social relations and the social practices and values that sustain them.

The ethics of care advocates care as a value for society as well as household. In this there are some resemblances to the Confucian view of public morality as an extension of private morality. 44 But when a morality depends on a given religion, it has little persuasiveness for those who do not share that faith. Moralities based on reason, in contrast, can succeed in gaining support around the world and across cultures. The growth of the human rights movement is strong evidence. One of the strengths of the dominant, rationalistic moral theories such as Kantian ethics and utilitarianism, in contrast with which the ethics of care developed, is their independence from religion.

And the practices themselves as they exist are often riddled with the gender injustices that pervade societies in most ways but that especially characterize most practices of care. So, moral theorizing is needed to understand the practices and to reform them. Consider, for instance, mothering, in the sense of caring for children. It had long been imagined in the modern era after the establishment of the public/ private distinction to be ‘‘outside morality’’ because it was based on instinct. Feminist critique has been needed to show how profoundly mistaken such a view is.

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