The Languages of Sexual Violence by Anupama Mohan
Anupama Mohan brings attention to aspects of language that go unnoticed. Unpacking the etymology of some common words, she indicates their gendered origins. She argues for a more critical understanding and usage of language. She says, "To some students, though, the insight into the ways in which social structures build, shape, and systematize status quo occurs through this introductory jolt to the ways in which they find their very bodies written into the scripts that they have spoken all their lives. For many of my students, the learning of critical theory, then, is often the first step to the unlearning of their privileges, and the denaturalisation of those sacred ideas and words that had seemed to them natural, universal, and normative."