Rough: How violence has found its way into the bedroom and what we can do about it (Paperback)Rachel Thompson (author)
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'2021's most important book about sex.'
'You need to read this.'
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.
Rough is a revolutionary non-fiction work exploring the narratives of sexual violence that we don't talk about. 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. It's time for a societal shift. As individuals with agency within our sexual culture we have the power to remodel our behaviour and this book shows us how.
Praise for Rough
'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
'Unflinching. Important, thought-provoking read.'
'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
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 372 g
Dimensions: 216 x 135 x 29 mm
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 *
You need to read this. * Mashable *
2021's most important book about sex.* Stylist *
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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.
“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
“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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