Author(s): Louise Armstrong
When Louise Armstrong first spoke out about the experience of incest, she shattered forever the silence surrounding this dreaded taboo. Her groundbreaking account paved the way for a long-overdue admission that child sexual buse was a widespread reality amongst families today. Now, Louise armstrong speaks out again: to question the consequences of what incest, as an issue, has become.
After years of secrecy and denial, how did incest become the routine, banal subject it is today--the standard fare of talk shows and celebrity interviews?How did we move from total incredulity, to a brief moment of belief in the testimony of women and children - back toa point where False Memory Syndrome and reports of stanic abuse are only the latest in a long line of contradictory media revelations? And what are the implications of this for women and children?
Challenging the accepted wisdom that icest can be viewed simply as a personal problem requiring 'treatment' and 'help', Louise Armstrong charts the emergence of an opportunistic growth industry of self-proclaimed healers and professionals. She reveals how the truth in what women and children are saying has been distorted by a cacophony of 'expert' voices and media exposes. Uncovering the many ways in which incest has been defused as an issue, Rocking The Cradle of Sexual Politics argues the need or a new political awareness and engagement as our only hope for lasting change.