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Our Guys: The Glen Ridge Rape and the Secret Life of the Perfect Suburb (Research on Men and Masculinities #4)

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It was a crime that captured national attention. In the idyllic suburb of Glen Ridge, New Jersey, four of the town's most popular high school athletes were accused of raping a retarded young woman while nine of their teammates watched. Everyone was riveted by the question: What went wrong in this seemingly flawless American town? In search of the answer, Bernard Lefkowitz takes the reader behind Glen Ridge's manicured facade into the shadowy basement that was the scene of the rape, into the mansions on "Millionaire's Row," into the All-American high school, and finally into the courtroom where justice itself was on trial.

Lefkowitz's sweeping narrative, informed by more than 200 interviews and six years of research, recreates a murky adolescent world that parents didn't—or wouldn't—see: a high school dominated by a band of predatory athletes; a teenage culture where girls were frequently abused and humiliated at sybaritic and destructive parties, and a town that continued to embrace its celebrity athletes—despite the havoc they created—as "our guys." But that was not only true of Glen Ridge; Lefkowitz found that the unqualified adulation the athletes received in their town was echoed in communities throughout the nation. Glen Ridge was not an aberration. The clash of cultures and values that divided Glen Ridge, Lefkowitz writes, still divides the country.

Parents, teachers, and anyone concerned with how children are raised, how their characters are formed, how boys and girls learn to treat each other, will want to read this important book.

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"In this gripping book, Lefkowitz takes one single event—the brutal sexual assault on a slightly retarded young woman by several high profile high school athletes in suburban New Jersey—and brings his readers face to face with the smug arrogance of predatory male sexual entitlement. And he does it not with a sweeping analysis but with a novelist's eye for precise detail, a tightly wound tale, elegantly told."—Michael Kimmel, author of Manhood in America

"Lefkowitz provides a graphic, faithful account of an amazing case—amazing because of the community's reaction to 'our guys' and the suspiciously drawn-out trial. Its true-crime approach could make Our Guys a bestseller."—Peggy Sanday, author of A Woman Scored: Acquaintance Rape on Trial

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 432) and index.

About the Author

Bernard Lefkowitz, an Edgar award-winning author, has written three earlier books on social issues, including Tough Change: Growing Up on Your Own in America (1987). He teaches journalism at Columbia University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520205963
Author:
Lefkowitz, Bernard
Publisher:
University of California Press
Location:
Berkeley, Calif. :
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Social Psychology
Subject:
Criminology
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Mentally handicapped
Subject:
Rape
Subject:
Social values
Subject:
Sexism
Subject:
Mentally handicapped women
Subject:
Social values -- United States.
Subject:
Mentally handicapped women -- Crimes aganist -- New Jersey -- Glen Ridge.
Subject:
Gang rape
Subject:
Women with mental disabilities
Subject:
United States Moral conditions.
Subject:
Sexism -- United States.
Subject:
General Social Science
Subject:
Crime-Criminology
Subject:
Gender Studies
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Men and Masculinity
Series Volume:
4
Publication Date:
20000931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
7
Pages:
428
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1 in 33 oz

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"In this gripping book, Lefkowitz takes one single event—the brutal sexual assault on a slightly retarded young woman by several high profile high school athletes in suburban New Jersey—and brings his readers face to face with the smug arrogance of predatory male sexual entitlement. And he does it not with a sweeping analysis but with a novelist's eye for precise detail, a tightly wound tale, elegantly told."—Michael Kimmel, author of Manhood in America

"Lefkowitz provides a graphic, faithful account of an amazing case—amazing because of the community's reaction to 'our guys' and the suspiciously drawn-out trial. Its true-crime approach could make Our Guys a bestseller."—Peggy Sanday, author of A Woman Scored: Acquaintance Rape on Trial

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