Rocking the Cradle of Sexual Politics: What Happened When Women Said Incest
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.