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Tainted Witness: Why We Doubt What Women Say about Their Lives by Leigh Gil Online



Tainted Witness: Why We Doubt What Women Say about Their Lives

Tainted Witness: Why We Doubt What Women Say about Their Lives

  • Title: Tainted Witness: Why We Doubt What Women Say about Their Lives
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  • ISBN : 9780231177146
  • Format : Hardcover
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  • Page : 240 pages


In 1991, Anita Hill brought testimony and scandal into America s living rooms during televised Senate confirmation hearings in which she detailed the sexual harassment she had suffered at the hands of Clarence Thomas The male Senate Judiciary Committee refused to take Hill seriously and the veracity of Hill s claims were sullied in the mainstream media Hill was defamed a In 1991, Anita Hill brought testimony and scandal into America s living rooms during televised Senate confirmation hearings in which she detailed the sexual harassment she had suffered at the hands of Clarence Thomas The male Senate Judiciary Committee refused to take Hill seriously and the veracity of Hill s claims were sullied in the mainstream media Hill was defamed as a little bit nutty and a little bit slutty, and Thomas went on to be confirmed The tainting of Hill and her testimony are part of a larger social history in which women find themselves caught up in a system that refuses to believe what they say The Anita Hill case shows how a tainted witness is not who someone is, but what someone can become.Why are women so often considered unreliable witnesses to their own experience How are women discredited in legal courts and in courts of public opinion Why is women s testimony so often mired in controversies fueled by histories of slavery and colonialism Tainted Witness takes up these questions within a rich archive, including Anita Hill s testimony as well as Rigoberta Mench s account of genocide in Guatemala Jamaica Kincaid s literary witnessing in Autobiography of My Mother and news coverage of such stories as Nafissatou Diallo s claim that Dominique Strauss Kahn raped her Bringing together legal, literary, and feminist frameworks, Leigh Gil provides provocative readings of what happens when women s testimony is discredited Throughout, Gil demonstrates how testimony crosses jurisdictions, publics, and the unsteady line between truth and fiction in search of justice


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Tainted Witness: Why We Doubt What Women Say about Their Lives Reviews (18)

  • The fragility of connection places the haunting presence of the past at the center of questions of citizenship I really enjoyed reading this book It s very academically grounded, but engages with very little abstract theory, instead focusing on concrete feeling examples of testimony and witnessing [..]

  • This book project was a fantastic idea My only criticism is that the writing style felt redundant at points, but perhaps that was also my outside knowledge creeping in If you have any interest in WOC, memoir autobiography life writing, and the 20 21st century, I recommend this book to you As someone [..]

  • Tainted Witness is a great read for anyone interested in rape culture, women s voices and women as narrators and witnesses Gil focuses on a number of different cases and books, many of which I wasn t familiar with before or only knew very little about, and shows how the woman went from witness to ta [..]

  • Review forthcoming in Library Journal This is a dense yet powerful text exploring the way that women s testimony travels through cultural and legal channels in search of adequate witness a person who will believe their story The author argues that we persist in doubting women s stories, particularly [..]

  • This book from 2017 is unbearably academic It s extremely annoying that she uses terms and references ideas that are unfamiliar to everyone outside of the small feminist high castle of academia The author may have something interesting to say, but she says it in a way that makes it impossible to und [..]

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