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Speaker: Sharon A. Kowalsky

Title: Reconsidering Rape and Sexual Violence in Revolutionary Russia

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Conference: 46th Annual Convention of the Association for Slavic, East European, & Eurasian Studies: 25 Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall: Historical Legacies and New Beginnings (November 20-23, 2014)

Session: Violence against Women’s Bodies: Discourse, Representation, and Memory in Russia and the Soviet Union

Place: San Antonio, Texas, United States

Date: November 22, 2014

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century | European History: Russian History


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Speaker: Sharon A. Kowalsky, Department of History, Texas A&M University at Commerce

Abstract: »After the establishment of Soviet power, numerous attempts were made to transform Russian men into good socialist citizens, including instilling notions of gender equality and “proper” sexuality. The persistence of rape stands in stark contrast to these efforts and fostered continued discussions about how best to put a stop to violation of women’s bodies and instill ideas about masculine sexual behavior among Soviet citizens. The paper frames these discussions against the background of international efforts and demonstrates the transnational nature of the conversation, comparing Bolshevik ideas with those that emerged in other societies and discussing how ideology affected notions of sexuality and sexual violence.« (Source: All Academic)

Wikipedia: History of Europe: History of Russia / History of Soviet Russia and the Soviet Union (1917–27)