A blazingly insightful, provocative study of violence against women from the peerless feminist critic.
Why has violence, and especially violence against women, become so much more prominent and visible across the world? To explore this question, Jacqueline Rose tracks the multiple forms of today’s violence – historic and intimate, public and private – as they spread throughout our social fabric, offering a new, provocative account of violence in our time.
From trans rights and #MeToo to the sexual harassment of migrant women, from the trial of Oscar Pistorius to domestic violence in lockdown, from the writing of Roxanne Gay to Hisham Mitar and Han Kang, she casts her net wide. What obscene pleasure in violence do so many male leaders of the Western world unleash in their supporters? Is violence always gendered and if so, always in the same way? What is required of the human mind when it grants itself permission to do violence?
On Violence and On Violence Against Women is a timely and urgent agitation against injustice, a challenge to radical feminism and a meaningful call to action.
ON VIOLENCE AND ON VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
The evil that is in the world almost always stems from ignorance […] the most hopeless vice being ignorance which believes it knows everything and therefore grants itself...
Praise for On Violence and On Violence Against Women
"No stone goes unturned in Rose’s exhaustive inquiry into the enduring global crisis of sexual violence. Drawing on data and contemporary examples, while also braiding in the work of feminist philosophers like Judith Butler and Hannah Arendt, Rose builds a compellingly argued theory that sexual violence is rooted in male fragility. Rose’s framework examines how systemic power structures reinforce themselves, and how sexual violence intersects with gender, sexuality, race, and class. For anyone looking to educate themselves on this essential subject, start here and now."
—Esquire (Best Books of Spring)
"Esteemed feminist critic Rose tackles the broadest of subjects in her inimitable and thoroughly researched fashion in this latest title . . . In truth, any one of the topics Rose raises here could easily be expanded to create its own book. In-depth, complex, revelatory, and nearly overwhelming, this is an important, foundational account deserving of readers' full attention."
"Rose, a lecturer in history at the University of St. Andrews, probes the causes, meaning, and persistence of sexual violence in this thought-provoking essay collection . . . A precise and original exploration of an essential subject."