Femicide Book Collection at UCSD Women’s Center 2015

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Title: Making a Killing- Femicide, Free Trade, and La Frontera

Editor: Alicia Gaspar de Alba, with Georgina Guzmán

Country: Ciudad Juárez, Mexico


Summary: A collection of essays that describe the murders and sexual violence against women taking place in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. These authors examine how these acts of violence in conjunction with a harsh patriarchal social order in Mexico have facilitated the proliferation of femicide in the 20th century. The essays take varying approaches in their examination of this violence against women on the boarder ranging from Marxist ideals to critical race theory. In connection with one another these essays come together to offer social, political, economic and feminist perspectives on the murders of approximately 500 Mexican women.

Title: Femicide- The Politics of Woman Killing

Editor: Jill Radford and Diana E. H. Russell

Continents: North America, and Europe

Summary: Explores the definition of femicide as the “misogynist killing of women by femicide2men” and the “most brutal form of sexist behavior” in following the murders of women across the western world. These contributors come together to illuminate the disturbing normalcy that femicide has adopted in modern culture with the rise of date rape, sexual harassment and other forms of violence against women. In examining the wide spread issue of these issues, women from different cultural and social backgrounds contribute to the investigation into the social values and institutions that proliferate femicide.

Title: Women and Violence

Author: Barrie Levy

Countries: Global


Summary: Levy offers insight into not only the modern issues surrounding femicide and violence against women in the modern context, but also provides historical context for the roots of these issues. He maps out the social, political and cultural context of violence against women on a global scale. In taking a historical and global perspective on these issues, Levy also offers accounts of individual experiences of women who have suffered under the harsh brutality of femicide and other forms of violence. He also examines the social cost that this violence has on communities as a whole and also examines potential solutions to these issues.

Title: Compañeras: Voices from the Latin American Women’s Movement

Editor: Gaby Küppers

Continents: South/Central America

Summary: In this collection of interviews of twenty-five Latin American women activistsfemicide3 as well as essays, the growing power of feminist movements in Latin America is explored. Women from all walks of life are included in this collection ranging from Mexican prostitutes to Nicaraguan political activists. The collection of these women’s experiences combine to demonstrate not only the stark issues of what it means to be a women in these nations, but also the growing power of the feminist movement and the greater mobilization of women in the face of sexist injustice. This book provides a look into not only the oppression of women under the highly male-dominated societies of Latin America, but also calls for hope and support for the women working to change what it means to be a Latin American woman.


Sexual Assault Awareness Book Display

Sexual Assault Awareness Book Display

Back Off! by Martha J. Langelan

Back Off!is filled with real-life success stories from women who have stopped harassers cold including Sharon, who succeeded in stopping a whole crew of habitual harassers in a city parker, or Stephanie, a ten-year-old who confronted and escaped a child molester, and dozens more. This is the first book to focus on the direct-action tactics that work and the first to deal with harassment everywhere it takes place, in both blue-collar and white-collar jobs, at school, on the street, on the bus or subw byay, in the park, even in church. It examines the dynamics of sex and power in the sexual harassment, the motives behind harasser’s actions, and why traditional responses such as appeasement or aggression don’t work, and describes the successful resistance strategies that you really can use – including nonviolent personal confrontation techniques, group confrontations, administrative remedies, and formal lawsuits.

Just Sex? By Nicola Gavey

This book examines social science research and feminist theories that have prompted a radical shift in Western understandings of rape and coercive sex in recent decades. This shift in perception has revealed the new phenomenon of date rape, which now clouds the divide between rape and what was once just sex. Drawing on feminist theory, cultural analysis, and in-depth interviews with women about their experiences of (hetero)sex, Gavey shows how important it is to consider the broader cultural context which limits some of women’s choices whilst encouraging others.

Defending Ourselves by Rosalind Wiseman

Defending Ourselves offers a complete course in self-defense without requiring you to be a martial-arts expert, or even to be in especially good physical shape. It also provides a refreshingly straightforward discussion of date rape and tells you what to do if you are physically assaulted, from going to the hospital to deciding whether to press charges. It includes the advice of police, counselors, and legal experts, as well as the stories of a wide selection of women.

No Excuses by Gloria Feldt

Do you feel confused about why women still earn less than men? Do you wonder why successful women still bump into the glass ceiling? Are you ready for more parity and satisfaction in personal relationships? In Gloria Feldt’s challenging and transformational book, you will learn how to shift your attitude about power, manifest the change you desire, and live life without limits.

Diverse Energies by Paolo Bacigalupi, Ursula K. Le Guin, Malinda Lo, Cindy Pon, Daniel H. Wilson, and more

In this stunning collection of original and rediscovered stories of tragedy and hope, the stars are a diverse group of students, street kids, good girls,  kidnappers, and child laborers pitted against their environments, their governments, differing cultures, and sometimes one another as they seek answers in their dystopian worlds. Take a journey through time from a nuclear nightmare if the past to society’s for future beyond Earth with these eleven stories by masters of speculative fiction.

Recovery: How to Survive Sexual Assault for Women, Men, Teenagers, and their Families by Helen Benedict

This book offers the survivors of rape and their friends and families information and comfort by building on the works of Susan Brownmiller, Diana Russell, and Ann Burgess. By interviewing rape survivors and their loved ones, and by drawing on the vast knowledge that rape crisis workers and psychologists have gathered during recent years, when rape has been taken seriously, Benedict offers advice on how to cope with both the short- and long-term aftermath of rape. This edition provides expanded and updated coverage on AIDS, date rape, and where to get help, including rape crisis programs, shelters, and special resources for teenagers, men, gays, and lesbians.

Male Victims of Sexual Assault Edited by Gillian C. Mezey and Michael B. King

Male Victims of Sexual Assault opens the debate with reports from international experts in the field, including chapters on homophobia and the cultural and historical background and attitudes to male sexual assault, sexual assault of male children and adolescents and of men in institutional settings, the trauma suffered by survivors of male rape and by men as co-survivors of female rape, and the treatment and legal recourse available to victims. The book brings together existing data, theoretical perspectives, and implications for future practice and policy.

After Silence by Nancy Venable Raine

After Silence is Nancy Venable Raine’s eloquent, profoundly moving response to her rapist’s command to “shut up,” a command that is so often echoed by society and internalized rape victims. Beginning with her assault by a stranger in her home in 1985, Raine’s riveting narrative of the ten-year aftermath of her rape brings to light the truth that survivors of traumatic experiences know – a trauma does not end when you find yourself aware. This landmark book is a stunning literary achievement that is a testimony to the power of language to transform the worst sort of violation and suffering into meaning and into art.

Denim Day

Denim Day

By Rachel Birnam


In 1998, the Italian Supreme Court overturned the rape conviction of a 45 year old driving instructor because the victim was wearing tight jeans. It was argued that the 18 year old victim must have had to aid the attacker in removing her jeans, and thus making the act consensual.



The decision led to widespread outrage and protests around the world, and thus Denim Day was born.


On April 22nd, the day the court’s decision was announced; people around the world wear denim in solidarity with the victim.

Wearing denim makes a statement against the misconceptions of sexual assault.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Review: Gender Buffet: Moving from Rape Culture to a Culture of Consent

By Rachel Birnam

As I sat down for the Gender Buffet at the Women’s Center on a sunny Friday afternoon, I was excited. Not only because it was my first Gender Buffet, but because the topic was something that I am deeply passionate about; a topic that I want to discuss and spread awareness on. In light of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, I was ready to have a dialogue about the huge problem that is rape culture, and how we, as a community, can shift that to a culture of consent.

The Gender Buffet began with representatives from SARC/CARE inviting us to list off some of the typical “safety warnings” we have heard throughout our lives, and whom/where we heard them. My mind immediately went to the cardinal rule that my mother ingrained into my head as a child, “never leave your drink unattended.” She has been telling this to my sister and me for as long as I can remember. When I was a little girl, it always seemed like something that I didn’t need to worry about yet; something that was far off into the future. But then, suddenly, I was eighteen years old, at my first college party, seeing my mother’s words flash through my mind like a neon warning sign every time I put down my drink. Still to this day, her words have remained in the back of my mind to be called upon when needed.

In addition to my contribution, the list grew with a variety of warnings that we hear far too often today: “Don’t wear a short skirt,” “Don’t walk alone at night,” “Always have pepper spray on you.” All of which were heard, for the most part, from parents, schools, the media, and churches.

We then moved on to discussing the four points that make up rape culture:

  1. Patriarchy
  2. Violent Masculinity
  3. Sexualizing Violence
  4. Victim Blaming

These four issues have become so engrained into our society today, so normalized, that the term “rape culture” is synonymous with “culture.”

It is not uncommon to walk out of a final exam and overhear students claim that the test “raped them.”

It is far too often that victims of sexual assault are slut shamed for the acts of violence committed against them.

It is on a regular basis that rape is considered the punchline to a joke.

So, what can we do to counter these issues? How do we move into a culture of consent?

In the next phase of the Gender Buffet, we were asked to write down anything that we had been taught about consent, and again, whom/where we heard it from. This list, as expected, was much shorter.

But why is that?

Why aren’t we taught to stay away from certain behaviors and environments instead of being taught the guidelines of consent?

Thus begins our shift into a culture of consent. I left the Gender Buffet making a promise to the group, and to myself, that I will continue this dialogue. I will bring what I’ve learned at this event and educate my little sister, start a dialogue with my older brother, empower and inspire the women around me.

I encourage anyone who may be reading this to do the same. To encourage your family, friends, and community to start a dialogue on rape culture, and strive to move that to a culture of consent.

PSA: SARC to CARE Transition

By Rachel Birnam

“PSA: SARC to CARE Transition

By Rachel Birnam

As of January 2015, UC San Diego’s Sexual Assault and Violence Prevention Resource Center (SARC) has expanded its resources and services, changing its name to Campus Advocacy, Resources, and Education at the Sexual Assault Resource Center (CARE at SARC) due to the call to action by the UC President, Janet Napolitano to have a system-wide consistent model for the prevention and response to sexual assault and violence.

What does the change entail?

CARE at SARC, will continue to offer counseling and crisis intervention services to students, campus wide, free of charge. However, the transition has opened up these services to staff and faculty.

What kind of services does CARE at SARC provide for students, staff, and faculty?

CARE at SARC is dedicated to providing confidential services to those affected by sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking. These resources include individual counseling, crisis intervention, support groups, assistance with police, administrative, and non-investigative reporting options, accompaniment to police interviews, medical evidentiary exams, and court dates, and other forms of on campus advocacy. CARE at SARC is confidential and free.

In addition to these services, CARE at SARC is committed to educating the UC San Diego community on sexual/relationship violence. Some of their educational programs include: How to help a friend who is a victim of violence, Cute or Creepy: What’s a healthy relationship?, Every Little BIT Counts – Bystander Intervention Techniques for students, faculty, and staff, and Sexual Assault Awareness Month (April).

For more information on programs, staff, and resources, check out the website: https://students.ucsd.edu/well-being/_organizations/sarc/index.html, or stop by the center at Student Services Center, 5th floor, Room 555.

“UC San Diego is dedicated to creating a safe and respectful community through awareness, education and prevention of sexual assault and violence.” – Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla”