Unspeakable

Author: Lynn Sacco
Publisher: JHU Press
ISBN: 0801893003
Format: PDF
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This history of father-daughter incest in the United States explains how cultural mores and political needs distorted attitudes toward and medical knowledge of patriarchal sexual abuse at a time when the nation was committed to the familial power of white fathers and the idealized white family. For much of the nineteenth century, father-daughter incest was understood to take place among all classes, and legal and extralegal attempts to deal with it tended to be swift and severe. But public understanding changed markedly during the Progressive Era, when accusations of incest began to be directed exclusively toward immigrants, blacks, and the lower socioeconomic classes. Focusing on early twentieth-century reform movements and that era’s epidemic of child gonorrhea, Lynn Sacco argues that middle- and upper-class white males, too, molested female children in their households, even as official records of their acts declined dramatically. Sacco draws on a wealth of sources, including professional journals, medical and court records, and private and public accounts, to explain how racial politics and professional self-interest among doctors, social workers, and professionals in allied fields drove claims and evidence of incest among middle- and upper-class white families into the shadows. The new feminism of the 1970s, she finds, brought allegations of father-daughter incest back into the light, creating new societal tensions. Against several different historical backdrops—public accusations of incest against "genteel" men in the nineteenth century, the epidemic of gonorrhea among young girls in the early twentieth century, and adult women’s incest narratives in the mid-to late twentieth century—Sacco demonstrates that attitude shifts about patriarchal sexual abuse were influenced by a variety of individuals and groups seeking to protect their own interests.

Unspeakable

Author: Lynn Sacco
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ISBN: 9780801896200
Format: PDF
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This history of father-daughter incest in the United States explains how cultural mores and political needs distorted attitudes toward and medical knowledge of patriarchal sexual abuse at a time when the nation was committed to the familial power of white fathers and the idealized white family. For much of the nineteenth century, father-daughter incest was understood to take place among all classes, and legal and extralegal attempts to deal with it tended to be swift and severe. But public understanding changed markedly during the Progressive Era, when accusations of incest began to be directed exclusively toward immigrants, blacks, and the lower socioeconomic classes. Focusing on early twentieth-century reform movements and that era's epidemic of child gonorrhea, Lynn Sacco argues that middle- and upper-class white males, too, molested female children in their households, even as official records of their acts declined dramatically. Sacco draws on a wealth of sources, including professional journals, medical and court records, and private and public accounts, to explain how racial politics and professional self-interest among doctors, social workers, and professionals in allied fields drove claims and evidence of incest among middle- and upper-class white families into the shadows. The new feminism of the 1970s, she finds, brought allegations of father-daughter incest back into the light, creating new societal tensions. Against several different historical backdrops--public accusations of incest against "genteel" men in the nineteenth century, the epidemic of gonorrhea among young girls in the early twentieth century, and adult women's incest narratives in the mid-to late twentieth century--Sacco demonstrates that attitude shifts about patriarchal sexual abuse were influenced by a variety of individuals and groups seeking to protect their own interests.

Incest

Author: Grandma Gimper
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 1450203140
Format: PDF, Docs
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This is a true story of six generations of family incest to be read by every family member, psychologist, medical professional, researcher, educator, policy maker, law maker, legal professional, and every talk show host. I am the Great Granddaughter, Great Niece, Niece, Daughter, Sister, Cousin, Mother, Grandmother, Friend, and Neighbor of an accused Child Molester. And my family is not the only family. It is no longer a family secret; it is an epidemic and this war against our children must stop now. It is my theory that incest is an illness passed on from generation to generation the same as other addictions/afflictions which take over the victim's feelings and drives them to conduct these acts which they have no control over. Until we address this issue as a disease instead of a crime our jails and communities will continue to be overloaded with these outcasts; our loved ones! We must build an ARCH; a safe place where families may Acknowledge their illness, accept Responsibility, Confront the illness and begin the Healing to STOP INCEST. We can't change history but it is up to us to change the future! We must provide rights to the sexually challenged by providing awareness, education, resources and treatment to end this story. Six generation later, I refuse to remain silent and allow this to continue. We must break the silence, demand change, and take steps to cure this legally silenced unspeakable epidemic.

Fathers and Daughters in the Hebrew Bible

Author: Johanna Stiebert
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199673829
Format: PDF, ePub
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This book provides the fullest examination of father-daughter depictions in the Hebrew Bible to date. While father-son depictions are more prominent, there none the less exists a broad spectrum of metaphors, myths, legal texts and narrative accounts featuring daughters alongside fathers. When this full range is taken into account, instead of - like many preceding approaches, which have looked at more lurid examples (like the narrative of Jephthah's sacrifice ofhis daughter, or Lot's incest with his daughters) in isolation - it emerges that the daughter is depicted also in very affectionate terms. The daughter is not invisible in the Hebrew Bible: she emerges as integral part of the family and, occasionally at least, as the most cherished and the mostdeserving of her father's protection.

Secrets in the Cellar

Author: John Glatt
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9781429967563
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Josef Fritzl was a 73-year-old retired engineer in Austria. He seemed to be living a normal life with his wife, Rosemarie, and their family—though one daughter, Elisabeth, had decades earlier been "lost" to a religious cult. Throughout the years, three of Elisabeth's children mysteriously appeared on the Fritzls' doorstep; Josef and Rosemarie raised them as their own. But only Josef knew the truth about Elisabeth's disappearance... For twenty-seven years, Josef had imprisoned and molested Elisabeth in his man-made basement dungeon, complete with sound-proof paneling and code-protected electric locks. There, she would eventually give birth to a total of seven of Josef's children. One died in infancy—and the other three were raised alongside Elisabeth, never to see the light of day. Then, in 2008, one of Elisabeth's children became seriously ill, and was taken to the hospital. It was the first time the nineteen-year-old girl had ever gone outside—and soon, the truth about her background, her family's captivity, and Josef's unspeakable crimes would come to light. John Glatt's Secrets in the Cellar is the true story of a crime that shocked the world.

A Thousand Acres

Author: Jane Smiley
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 0307787710
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This powerful twentieth-century reimagining of Shakespeare’s King Lear centers on a wealthy Iowa farmer who decides to divide his farm between his three daughters. When the youngest objects, she is cut out of his will. This sets off a chain of events that brings dark truths to light and explodes long-suppressed emotions. Ambitiously conceived and stunningly written, A Thousand Acres takes on themes of truth, justice, love, and pride—and reveals the beautiful yet treacherous topography of humanity.

The Incest Diary

Author: Anonymous
Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks
ISBN: 9781408890424
Format: PDF, ePub
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'Raw, relentless ... Feverish' New Yorker'This is a devastating book about harm. It's about the harm that is unleashed when one person swaps their humanity for what you can really only call evil' Sunday Times'A controlled, exquisitely written book, it disturbs and disgusts, but it also mesmerises and, at certain moments, charms in its quiet brutality' Amia Srinivasan, Harper'sThroughout her childhood and adolescence, the anonymous author of The Incest Diary was raped by her father. Beneath a veneer of normal family life, she grew up with this secret. In this memoir, the author revisits her early traumas and their aftermath to explore the ways in which her father's abuse shaped her, and still does. As a matter of psychic survival, she became both a sexual object and a detached observer, a dutiful daughter and the protector of a secret. And then, years later, she made herself write it down.

Father Daughter Relationships

Author: Linda Nielsen
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1848729332
Format: PDF, Mobi
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How fathers affect their daughters' social, academic, intellectual, athletic, and psychological development is then considered. Factors that can weaken father-daughter relationships, such as divorce, including various theoretical perspectives, are explored in chapters 5 and 6. Father-daughter relationships of racial or ethnic minorities and an array of potentially destructive situations that affect these relationships are the focus of chapters 7 and 8. The impact of fathers who are incarcerated, abusive, alcoholics, gay, or sperm donors are considered. The book concludes with suggestions on where we go from here.

Telling Incest

Author: Janice L. Doane
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
ISBN: 9780472067947
Format: PDF, Kindle
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An exploration of how specific historical contexts, narrative conventions, and cultural politics shape the ways that stories of incest are told and heard

The War Came Home with Him

Author: Catherine Madison
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781517901448
Format: PDF, ePub
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In this striking dual narrative, Catherine Madison tells the stories of two survivors of one man s war: a father who withstood a prison camp s unspeakable inhumanity and a daughter who withstood the residual cruelty that came home with him. Piecing together her father s experiences as a POW in Korea, Madison uncovers long-hidden truths about his past, gaining insight into her own in the process. "