• From Lucretia to #MeToo: Rape with Mithu Sanyal

  • Mon, 13-05-2019 at 19:30
  • Lighthouse - Edinburgh's Radical Bookshop
    43 West Nicolson Street
    EH8 9DB Edinburgh
From Lucretia to #MeToo: Rape with Mithu Sanyal - Lighthouse - Edinburgh's Radical Bookshop - Edinburgh

Join award-winning broadcaster, academic and author Mithu Sanyal for a bold, honest and unflinching exploration of the way we talk and think about rape, based on her new book.Thanks to Title IX cases, #MeToo, and #Times Up, the issue of rape seems to be constantly in the news. But our thinking on the subject has a long history, one that cultural critic Mithu Sanyal elegantly reconstructs. She narrates a history spanning from Lucretia—whose legendary rape and suicide was said to be the downfall of the last Roman king—to second-wave feminism, Tarzan, and Roman Polanski.Sanyal demonstrates that the way we understand rape is remarkably (and alarmingly) consistent across the ages, even though the world has changed beyond recognition. It is high time for a new and informed debate about sexual violence, sexual boundaries, and consent.Mithu Sanyal shows that our comprehension of rape is closely connected to our understanding of sex, sexuality, and gender. Why is it that we expect victims to be irreparably damaged? When we think of rapists, why do we think of strangers rather than uncles, husbands, priests, or boyfriends? And in the era of #MeToo, what should “justice” look like?Rape: From Lucretia to #MeToo examines the role of race and the recurrent image of the black rapist, the omission of male victims, and what we mean when we talk about “rape culture.” Sanyal takes on every received opinion we have about rape, arguing with liberals, conservatives, and feminists alike.This event is part of our Feminist Book Fortnight.You can also buy your tickets in the shop & save yourself the eventbrite booking fee :PThe bookshop is wheelchair accessible, events are seated and speakers use microphones throughout their events. We have further details about accessibility HERE, or feel free to get in touch, we're happy to help however we can!The Bookshop operates a Safe Space Policy which all guests and speakers are asked to respect - you can read it here.As ever we have 15 free tickets available for this event! These are intended to make the evening accesible to those who are unwaged/ on benefits/ might not otherwise be able to attend - If you can afford a £3 ticket please book one as this supports the bookshop and allows us to save free places for those who can't, thanks!