WHO | Susan Brownmiller: Journalist, Author, Activist
WHEN | In 1975, Brownmiller wrote her best known work Against Our Will: Men, Women, and Rape.
WHERE | Brownmiller is a Brooklyn, New York native: born, raised, currently living.
WHAT | Today marks the 43rd anniversary of the Supreme Court decision of the 1973 Roe V Wade case. Two years later, Brownmiller's Against Our Will is released, discussing rape culture in America. Brownmiller's voice plays a significant role in the ongoing pro-choice/pro-life debate that continues to this day.
WHY YOU SHOULD KNOW WHO SHE IS | Even at the age of 80, Brownmiller continues to bring awareness to the evolving state of rape culture. Against Our Will suggests that rape culture was created by men to exhibit their dominance over women, and therefore creating a constant state of fear for women living in a man's world. Some argue the controversial nature of her work, but it raises important questions about rape and how we respond to it as a culture. Today, Brownmiller continues to be an active part of the conversation aboutthe issue of rape on college campuses, as well as the ignored experiences of women of color and lower socioeconomic status.
NOTES | The Cut at New York Magazine interviewed Susan Brownmiller in September 2015 about "What Today's Rape Activists Don't Get". You can read that article HERE. Brownmiller is also written about in the book Before Roe V Wade: Voices that Shaped the Abortion Debate Before the Supreme Court's Ruling by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Linda Greenhouse. The book is available to read and download in multiple formats HERE. Susan Brownmiller also founded Woman Against Pornography.
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