Dead Wild Roses: Are You a Pusher?

A pox on you Game of Thrones for pushing my summer reading to the margins.  Just look at the great stuff that has been gathering dust in my book-pile.   This is an excerpt from Susan Brownmiller’s work titled “Femininity”. “Nancy Henley, psychologist and author of Body Politics, has written, “In a way so accepted and ...

Dead Wild Roses: Femininity – Susan Brownmiller – Quote of the Day

Susan Brownmiller has a remarkable talent for framing slippery sociological concepts.  This quote is from the introduction to her book “Femininity” and it lucidly describes the nature of the viscous catch-22 women experience for the crime of being born female.     “Femininity always demands more.  It must constantly reassures its audience by a willing demonstration ...

Dead Wild Roses: Tell me again about Just War Theory

    There are no just wars.  The death, the depravity, and destruction should never have any pretense of being a noble endeavour.  War is like being dragged face first through fifteen kilometres of shit, nobility and honour be damned.  We’re going to look at a “bad” war, that is a war that we did all ...

Dead Wild Roses: Dudely Wisdom cirra 1975 – Susan Brownmiller

    I’m finishing Brownmiller’s book, Against our Will.  Funny how the arguments really have not changed and are still regularly trotted out by ‘feminist allies’ and critics here in 2012.  As Brownmilla concludes, she thoroughly brings the noise and lays it all down on the table with bon mots like this: “Critics of the women’s ...

Dead Wild Roses: Thought for the New Year – Let’s end Prostitution

The words are Susan Brownmiller’s. Her noble goal, to end the exploitation of women – “But my horror at the idea of legalize prostitution is not that it doesn’t work as a rape deterrent, but that it institutionalizes the concept that it is a man’s monetary right, if not his divine right, to gain access ...

Dead Wild Roses: Against our Will – The Legal System

    Susan Brownmillar examines the role of the justice system with regards to rape.  Or perhaps more accurately the “male-justice” system. [On raping a minor under the age of consent]    […] States with a high age of consent usually employ the chastity standard for the upper-age limits.  In some states the burden of proving ...

Dead Wild Roses: Susan Brownmiller – On Pornography.

‎ Still reading Against Our Will, but found this quote on the internets – ”I wonder if the ACLU’s position (on pornography) might change if, come tomorrow morning, the bookstores and movie theaters lining Forty-second Street in New York City were devoted not to the humiliation of women by rape and torture, as they currently ...

Dead Wild Roses: Against Our Will – Susan Brownmiller – Quote of the Day

“Against Our Will” is an important book, I suggest that everyone read it as soon as possible.  “A world without rapists would be a world in which women moved freely without fear of men. That some men rape provides a sufficient threat to keep all women in a constant state of intimidation, forever conscious of ...