The Psychology and History of Sexual Violation and Its Condemnation

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Call for Papers
April 30, 2018
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Human Rights, Psychology, Sport History & Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies

Why has sexual violation by powerful men—covered up, denied, suppressed, and repressed for so long—become a powerful theme in the American media since the fall of 2017?  Why are men, whose predecessors usually got away with sexual assault, now being exposed, shamed, forced to retire, and sometimes fired for unwanted touching and worse?  What makes for this change of standards?  Blaming the victim by saying they were “asking for it” is now being challenged.  In this issue we are searching for psychodynamic reasons.

We are looking for articles commenting on one or more of the following for the Fall 2018 Special Feature Issue of Clio’s Psyche:

Why in America and why now have the barriers to making these issues public broken down?

To what extent is the openness about these abuses related to the Trump presidency?

The varied responses to charges of sexual abuse

The #MeToo movement

Charges for political purposes and fantasies of sexual intrusion

Cases of a rush to judgment without due process, ruining a person’s career

Sexual abuse and sexual fantasy in the Freudian tradition

The complexities of gender and sexuality

Sexual violation in history

Sexual privilege and exploitation in the workplace, in athletics and the military, in medical and therapeutic relationships

We seek articles from 500-2,500 words—including seven to ten keywords, a 100-word abstract, and your brief biography ending in your e-mail address—by April 30, 2018.  An abstract or outline by April 1, 2018 would be helpful.  Send them as attached Microsoft Word document (*.docx) files to

It our style to publish thought-provoking, clearly written articles based upon psychological/psychoanalytic insight; developed with examples from history, current events, and the human experience; and without psychoanalytic/psychological terminology or jargon and without foot/endnotes or a bibliography (use internal citations for quotations).  Submissions the editors deem suitable are anonymously refereed.

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Contact co-editors Paul Elovitz at or Eva Fogelman at regarding this CFP.

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