Russo calls the feminist movement to account for their silence on such 'embarrassing' topics as lesbian battering, lesbian pornography, and racism in the feminist movement.
In this study, outspoken feminist Ann Russo calls the feminist movement to ask for their silence on such "embarrassing" topics as lesbian battering, lesbian pornography, and racism in the feminist movement. Russo provides a multi-oppression approach to understanding the violence that is done to women, incorporating issues of gender, race, class and sexuality in her analysis.
Part One Transforming feminist theorizing: if not now, when? - contemporary feminist movement to end violence against women; lesbians, prostitutes, media and murder - the violence against women and the violence women commit; lesbian and bisexual women's battering - homophobia, heterosexism and violence. Part Two Truth telling: pornography's stories - eroticizing inequality, hierarchy, and historical atrocity; lesbian porn stories - rebellion or resistance?; sexual conflicts and contradictions - violence, desire, autonomy, freedom. Part Three Interlocking oppressions: violence by any name - a battered lesbian fights for recognition; white men can't kill - racial coding of men's intimate violence against women; taking back our lives - expanding campus efforts to end sexual violence. Part Four: the struggle for integrity in an unjust world - telling our stories; on becoming an antiracist feminist - strategies to recognize and disrupt white privilege and power.