I’ve been reading lots about rape and post-rape trauma. One of the latest books was What We Talk About When We Talk About Rape by Somalia Abdulali (2018). Her experience and story sheds light on the racialized sexist lens that is used to cover rape stories.
Abdulali was raped more than thirty years ago and her op-ed from then went viral due to the #metoo #timesup tag and rape cases in India. Her book is part autobiography, survival tool kit, and historiography of rape and trauma, but the highlight is the way that she examines rape culture and the intersection of race and sexism. What I enjoyed most was her guidelines for saving a rape survivor’s life on pages 75-76. This is a must-read book.
Abdulali, Sohaila. 2018. What We TalkAbout When We Talk About Rape. NY: New Press.
I think we can do more to rape victims by giving them support also let the society punish those who are guilty.
I’ve heard a lot about this book – I think I will add it to my list. Thank you!
It’s a great book. I’d put it up there with I Never Called it Rape.
Good to know! I’ll look that one up too. These books are in line with my research. Thank you!