Hear a talk by writer and activist Sohaila Abdulali based on her book “What We Talk About When We Talk About Rape.” Beautifully written, deeply intelligent, searingly honest, unexpectedly funny, and ultimately hopeful, it is an examination of sexual assault and the global discourse on rape told through the perspective of a survivor, writer, and former counselor.
The book is based on Abdulali’s years of research, her work with hundreds of survivors as the head of a rape crisis center, her own experience as a survivor, and three decades of grappling with the issue as a feminist intellectual and writer. Abdulali interviews survivors whose personal stories of hard-won strength, humor, and wisdom collectively tell a larger story about how societies may begin to heal. Her work examines the contemporary discourse about rape and rape culture, questioning common assumptions and asking how we want to raise the next generation
Sohaila Abdulali is the author of “What We Talk About When We Talk About Rape,” as well as novels, children’s books, and short stories. Her writing appears widely, including in The Guardian.
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