Author: Megan Elizabeth Feulner
Title: "Women Have the Right to Fight!"
Subtitle: The Contested Legacy of Second-Wave Feminism and Anti-Rape Politics in the Trials of Inez Garcia, 1974-1977
Thesis: M.A. Thesis, City University of New York
Pages: v + 55pp.
Link: Academic Works, Graduate Center, City University of New York (Free Access)
Abstract: »My paper takes as its central focus the trials of Inez Garcia, a woman who was charged with the murder of a man who helped rape her in Soledad, CA in 1974. Garcia’s trial in 1974, in which she was convicted of second-degree murder, and her retrial in 1977, in which the ruling was reversed, is often remembered as a cause célèbre of the second-wave women’s movement that united diverse activists and yielded a major feminist legal victory. However, I argue that close examination of the trial and the feminist activism around it reveals a more paradoxical legacy. First, I track how Garcia functioned as both a literal and figurative political cause in which myriad second-wave feminists mapped out a highly conflicting politics of self-defense in her name. Second, I contend that the trial has had minimal impact on the broader feminist antiviolence movement.« (Source: Thesis)
Added: March 7, 2015 – Last updated: March 7, 2015