Female Fear Factory by Pumla Dineo Gqola is the eagerly anticipated follow up to the 2016 Sunday Times Alan Paton Award winner, Rape A South African Nightmare. Like the previous book on which it builds, Female Fear Factory fuses intellectual rigour and extensive research. Gqola, a rockstar of South African feminism, brilliantly traces the construction and machinations of the female fear factory by exposing its myths, lies and seductions. It is an insightful and sobering account of global patriarchal violence but also offers a hopeful vision through the eyes of an unapologetic feminist.
The ongoing explosion of sexual violence demands more space for the development of the female fear factory concept as well as its possible antidotes. Where Rape: A South African Nightmare introduced strategies for disrupting rape culture at an individual level, Female Fear Factory offers an even bolder vision for collective action against all cultures of sexual violence. ~ Prof Pumla Gqola