By Sara Maitland
Maitland, British novelist (Three occasions desk, Daughter of Jerusalem, Ancestral Truths, etc.) and Christian feminist (A Map of the recent Country), has the following produced a superbly written publication that's half paean to God and half explication of religion. regardless of its subtitle, it's also a considering person's seek, not only a feminist's. supplying within the glaring acts of divine construction buttresses for the novel act of human religion, Maitland's is a God who struggles to make Herself recognized to and enjoyed by means of construction. "Joy is the sport, the taking part in, among God and God's creation," Maitland writes; and the results of her chronicling of that video game is, because the subtitle extra properly reviews, a cheerful theology that, just like the God it celebrates, seems to be on production and unearths it first-class. steered for all who search to complement their religious trips or just to extend their theological sensibilities.
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Law reform was undertaken as a way to correct the worst failures of state responses, but it was only a minor part of the social transformation feminists demanded. Activists understood but were divided about the proper role of law in the movement; their debates foreshadowed the concerns of scholars who warn about the uses of law to reinforce inequality and social control (Bumiller 1988; Crenshaw 1995; Gilliom 2001; Handler 1978) even as others have offered possibilities for challenging and resisting social control by invoking the protection of law (Schneider 1990; Williams 1991).
In the rest of this chapter, I trace some of the ways that legal strategies helped to shape the political trajectory of the anti-rape movement. The emphasis on criminal law put feminist activists in touch with one of the areas of law that was least receptive to politically progressive transformation, producing important but unanticipated consequences for the movement. Rape law reform affirmed criminal law as the proper governmental forum for addressing sexual violence, legitimated law enforcement agencies as the primary state actors responsible for responding to rape, and largely determined that funding streams available to RCCs would flow from and reflect the priorities of criminal justice personnel.
Immediate struggles over implementing criminal law reforms would re-shape grassroots anti-rape groups into state-funded RCCs;10 the long-term effects would re-shape the movement itself and its conceptualization of the problems of rape. Feminist participants in the anti-rape movement, especially those affiliated with newly established RCCs, had several interrelated goals. Fore- 39 The Anti-Rape Movement and the Turn to Law women. This sophisticated approach to law reform helped anti-rape advocates win significant formal legal change in dozens of states within a few short years.