chapter  4
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sions of Sexual Respectability Accounts of Sexual Aggression

One aspect of growing up that uniformly stirs anxiety and anger inmiddle-class women is sexual aggression. In their narratives, these aggressions appear to leave indelible, but not uncomplicated, marks upon them. Women seem to have more trouble speaking about these experiences than recalling them. Hesitations, withdrawal of eye contact, outrage, demeaning characterizations of male aggressors, nervous gestures, and indignation mark the way these women tell the stories of sexual aggression that they have experienced.