Susan Brownmiller


Susan Brownmiller

Susan Brownmiller (b. February 15, 1935) is a radical feminist, journalist, and activist. She is best known for her pioneering work on the politics of rape in her 1975 book "" [http://www.susanbrownmiller.com/susanbrownmiller/html/against_our_will.html ] Brownmiller argues that rape had been hitherto defined by men rather than women; and that men use, and all men benefit from the use of, rape as a means of perpetuating male dominance by keeping all women in a state of fear. Brownmiller also participated in civil rights activism, joining CORE during the sit-in movement and volunteering for Freedom Summer in 1964, where she worked on voter registration in Meridian, Mississippi. Returning to New York, she began writing for The Village Voice and became a network TV newswriter at the American Broadcasting Company, a job she held until 1968. She first became involved in the Women's Liberation Movement in New York City in 1968, by joining a consciousness-raising group in the newly-formed New York Radical Women organization. Brownmiller went on to co-ordinate a [http://www.randomhouse.com/boldtype/1199/brownmiller/excerpt.html sit-in against Ladies' Home Journal] in 1970, began work on "Against Our Will" after a New York Radical Feminists speak-out on rape in 1971, and co-founded Women Against Pornography in 1979. She continues to write and speak on feminist issues, including a recent memoir and history of Second Wave radical feminism. [http://www.susanbrownmiller.com/susanbrownmiller/html/in_our_time.html "In Our Time: Memoir of a Revolution"] (1999).

As of 2005, she is an Adjunct Professor of Women's & Gender Studies at Pace University in New York City, [http://appserv.pace.edu/execute/page.cfm?doc_id=9130]

Books

*"" (Doubleday, 1970)
*"Against Our Will: Men, Women, and Rape" (Simon and Schuster, 1975/Fawcett Columbine 1993)
*"Femininity" (Linden Press/Simon & Schuster, 1984)
*"Waverly Place" (Grove Press, 1989)
*"Seeing Vietnam: Encounters of the Road and Heart" (Harper Collins, 1994)
*"In Our Time: Memoir of a Revolution" (Dial Press, 1999)

References

* [http://www.susanbrownmiller.com/susanbrownmiller/html/bio.html Susan Brownmiller.com: An Informal Bio]
* [http://www.susanbrownmiller.com/html/in_our_time.html In Our Time: Memoir of a Revolution] (ISBN 0-449-90820-8)

External links

* [http://www.susanbrownmiller.com/ Susan Brownmiller.com]
* [http://www.jwa.org/feminism/?id=JWA008 Jewish Women and the Feminist Revolution] from the [http://www.jwa.org Jewish Women's Archive]
* [http://wiredforbooks.org/susanbrownmiller/ 1989 interview with Susan Brownmiller] by Don Swaim at Wired for Books
* [http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:RAD.SCHL:sch00352 Susan Brownmiller Papers.] [http://www.radcliffe.edu/schles Schlesinger Library,] Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.
* [http://www.sojournertruth.net/rrwwm.html a critique of "Against Our Will" by a black feminist]


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