This chapter explores Suzanne Lacy's educational and socio-political background during the heyday of the radical politics in the 1970s. Lacy was female and white; she used these characteristics of herself to explore the issues surrounding feminism, as well as its oft-neglected connections to the civil rights movement. Lacy realized that the majority of women's narratives were not being heard, because the current feminist movement had neglected to address the issues of poor women and women of color. These issues were especially evident in her critiques of rape and the rape culture, in which women's issues were trivialized and controlled under patriarchal power structures. Notably, in two of Lacy's conceptual pieces, Rape Is and Ablution, we see the expanding scope of her personal investigations on sexual and domestic violence—investigations which would eventually access a broader multiracial and cross-cultural arena.
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