The Red Word (Paperback)Sarah Henstra (author)
Lyrical and written with great astuteness and assurance, Henstra's striking story of frat parties and harassment on a university campus poses searching questions about civil liberties, human rights and moral responsibility.
The myths don't have a clue what to do with women. They have nothing to say about us whatsoever. We need to build our own f**king mythology.
When Ivy League university student Karen wakes up after a frat party on the lawn of a house of radical feminists, she gets a crash course in anti-frat activism on campus. One frat house, GBC, is especially notorious, with several brothers named on a list of date rapists by female students.
Despite continuing to party at GBC and even dating one of the brothers, Karen is seduced by the intellectual stimulation and indomitable spirit of the Raghurst women. As she finds herself caught between two increasingly polarised camps, her feminist housemates believe they have hit on the perfect way to bring down the fraternity and expose rape culture... but the war between the houses will exact a terrible price.
Publisher: Tramp Press
Number of pages: 328
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
'I haven't been able to stop thinking about The Red Word since I devoured it in one sitting.' - Louise O'Neill
'An aesthetically arresting interrogation of rape culture... timely and brilliant.' - Kirkus
'Raises essential questions surrounding class privilege, rape, and gendered power dynamics on campus' - Publishers Weekly
'Henstra draws on Greek mythology to comment on contemporary issues - how assault can take on ambiguity and how the internalization of rape culture convolutes gender politics, to the point where constructive conversation is nearly impossible.' - The New Yorker
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