Rape Fantasies Historical Context

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At the time "Rape Fantasies" was first published in 1977, the women's movement had been, for a solid decade, asserting equality for women in many facets of society. Many women entered the work force during the decade, more and more were attending college and postponing marriage and childbearing, and they began to enter traditionally male occupations, such as law and medicine, in greater numbers than before. As women gained more economic and social independence, some unforeseen effects began to emerge. Traditional rules of courtship began to wither. It was no longer a given that men would ask women out, and if they did, men and women both were unsure of what the expectations of such an arrangement were supposed to be. The so-called "sexual revolution," spawned by available and reliable birth control and the legalization of abortion, led to supposedly higher levels of sexual...

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