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The bibliography provides information on writings dealing with the history of rape, including sexual child abuse, sexual harassment, sexual molestation, child prostitution, forced prostitution, sexual slavery, sexual(ized) violence. The blog informs about calls for papers, forthcoming events and new literature in this field.

September 21, 2013

ART: The Giles-Johnson Case and the Changing Politics of Sexual Violence in the 1960s United States

Author: Catherine O. Jacquet
Title: The Giles-Johnson Case and the Changing Politics of Sexual Violence in the 1960s United States
Subtitle: -
Journal: Journal of Women's History
Volume: 25
Issue: 3
Year: Fall 2013
Pages: 188-211
ISSN: 1042-7961 - eISSN: 1527-2036
Language: English
Full Text: Project MUSE [Restricted Access]

Abstract: »The historical scholarship on black-on-white rape has focused mainly on the oppression of black men and firmly cast white women only as false accusers. While radically politicized groups like communists in the 1930s and civil rights activists in the 1950s deployed the trope of the lying white woman to defend black men accused of rape, by the mid-twentieth century the mainstream culture began to embrace this rhetoric. I am interested in how a new consensus was formed around this rhetoric and what that meant for movements that organized for justice around sexual violence. In this article, I use the Giles-Johnson case, an instance of alleged black-on-white sexual violence, to examine how white mainstream America embraced the trope of the lying white woman at this time. This article challenges the assumptions of the false claim and begins to examine the complex interplay of racialized and sexualized constructions in cases of black-on-white rape.« [Source: Journal of Women's History]

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