Rough: How violence has found its way into the bedroom and what we can do about it (Paperback)
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Rough: How violence has found its way into the bedroom and what we can do about it (Paperback)

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Paperback 368 Pages
Published: 26/08/2021
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**AS HEARD ON BBC RADIO 4'S WOMEN'S HOUR**

Rough is a revolutionary non-fiction work exploring the narratives of sexual violence that we don't talk about.

A bad sexual experience.

A grey area.

Not rape but... A violation .

These are the terms we use to describe the experiences we don't have words for. The way we talk about topics such as sex, consent, assault aren't fit for purpose.

Through powerful testimony from 50 women and non-binary people, this book shines a light on the sexual violence that takes place in our bedrooms and beyond, sometimes at the hands of people we know, trust, or even love. Rough investigates violations such as 'stealthing,' non-consensual choking, and non-consensual rough sex acts that our culture is only starting to recognise as sexual violence.

The book explores the ways in which systems of oppression manifest in our sexual culture - from racist microaggressions, to fatphobic acts of aggression, and ableist dehumanising behaviour. An intersectional, sex-positive, kink-positive work, the book also examines how white supremacy, transphobia, biphobia, homophobia, and misogyny are driving forces behind sexual violence.

Rough is an urgent, timely call for change to the systems that oppress us all.

'An incredible investigation into a frighteningly common part of our sexual experience,' Dr Fern Riddell

'Rough speaks to how many women often feel after sexual encounters ...This book is excellent and demonstrates just how valid those feelings are,' Adele Walton, founder of Humanitarian Hotgirl

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781529110388
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 372 g
Dimensions: 216 x 135 x 29 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Rough is one of the most comprehensive and interesting books I've ever read. I recommend it to all my friends and patients as essential reading in the world of psychosexual therapy. I cannot say enough good things about it. You won't put it down. - Gigi Engle, author of 'All The Fing Mistakes'

An unflinching examination of the damaging sexual narratives often hidden or less talked about, Rough looks at the way culture and gender perceptions influence our behaviour in bed. Thompson's writing is burning and unapologetic, and contracts with sharpness and verve. An important, thought-provoking read which renders systems and personal attitudes, and starts a helpful dialogue (in a hope to) to kindle positive change. - Nataliya Deleva, author of 'Arrival'

This is indispensable reading for anyone who wants both breadth and detail in how sexual consent is expressed, understood and all too often violated. Rough is inclusive and sympathetic writing that, importantly, remains sex positive and optimistic for a future with more knowledge and more power. It's consent writing that would make anyone want to change the world from one of the UK's leading voices on the issue. - Sophia Smith Galer, author of 'Losing It'

Rough speaks to how many women often feel after sexual encounters - violated but unsure of exactly why, and whether our feelings are valid. This book is excellent and demonstrates just how valid those feelings are. - Adele Walton, founder of Humanitarian Hotgirl

An incredible investigation into a frighteningly common part of our sexual experience; determined to give ownership back to those who have had their agency stolen from them. - Dr Fern Riddell

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“Difficult to get into”

I found the beginning of this book very difficult to get into, it was very heavy reading, full of facts and slow, I've given up on it now, I may revisit it later on.

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“A vital book about an important topic”

Thanks so much to Vintage for letting me read Rough by Rachel Thompson. I'd heard about this one a few months ago, so snapped it up when I saw it on Vintage's NetGalley - and it didn't disappoint!... More

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“Timely and powerful book”

'Rough' explores tricky topics around consent and the so-called 'grey areas' of sex and sexuality, and argues powerfully about the need to address them, both through wider societal change and... More

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