Feulner 2014 Legacy

Title Information

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

Year: 2014

Pages: v + 55pp.

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century | U.S. History | Cases: Offenders / Louie Castillo; Cases: Victims / Inez García; Offenders: Homicide; Society: Women's Movement; Victims: Revenge

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Link: Academic Works, Graduate Center, City University of New York (Free Access)

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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)


  Abstract (p. iv)
  Introrduction (p. 1)
  Chapter 1: A Feminist Cause: The Trials of Inez Garcia, 1974-1977 (p. 15)
  Chapter 2: Paradoxes of Second-Wave Feminist Politics (p. 28)
  Bibliography (p. 52)

Wikipedia: Inez García, Second-wave feminism

Added: March 7, 2015 – Last updated: March 7, 2015