The election of Donald Trump precipitated one of the largest outpourings of political protest on a single day in U.S. history with the 2017 March for Women. The emboldened #MeToo and #TimesUp movements reacted not only to the historical injustice of sexual offenses perpetrated upon women, but women’s associated underrepresentation in positions of power and public authority.
Women, Power, and Rape Culture examines the principal events, actors, and paradigms in the politics of rape, sexual assault, and harassment since Trump’s election. Unlike other studies, it connects these traumatic events to women’s underrepresentation in the public sphere. Chapters consider the power of presidential speech, judges, and Congress to create structural barriers to women’s representation as well as the stultifying effects of weak college and university responses to sexual violence. Disparities in women’s representation in positions of public authority are considered in light of the disproportionate burden imposed on women by a culture that discounts the prevalence of rape and harassment and by the policies that inadequately address them, allowing them to perpetuate.
- Explains how U.S. politics and public policy are intimately connected to rape, assault, and sexual harassment
- Describes how political rhetoric in social media can contribute to women's continuing relative silence and underrepresentation in the public sphere
- Examines the influence of judicial decisions shaped by justices who themselves have been credibly accused of sexual assault
- Highlights the congressional context where women are underrepresented in the most powerful positions, overrepresented in support roles, and systematically subjected to sexual harassment and misconduct that has been inadequately acknowledged or addressed
- Considers the importance of the campus context in setting the stage for women's underrepresentation by perpetuating unjust outcomes in pervasive cases of campus sexual assault and harassment