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9781555537388

Equality With a Vengeance

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  • ISBN13:

    9781555537388

  • ISBN10:

    1555537383

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2011-04-12
  • Publisher: Northeastern Univ Pr
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Summary

This book investigates efforts by fathers' rights groups to undermine battered women's shelters and services, in the context of the backlash against feminism. Dragiewicz examines the lawsuit Booth v. Hvass, in which fathers' rights groups attempted to use an Equal Protection claim to argue that funding emergency services that target battered women is discriminatory against men. As Dragiewicz shows, this case (which was eventually dismissed) is relevant to widespread efforts to promote a degendered understanding of violence against women in order to eradicate policies and programs that were designed to ameliorate harm to battered women.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Backlash
My Position as a scholar
Chapter Outline
Key Contextsp. 8
Terminology
Research
Policy
Antifeminist "Men's Rights" and "Fathers' Rights" Groups
The Social Ecology of Woman Abuse
Booth v. Hvassp. 26
Booth v. Hvass
Why Equal protection Arguments Matter
The Equal Protection claim
Claims and Evidence
The Defense Response
Popular Discoursesp. 49
Antifeminist Discourses on Woman Abuse
Batterer Narrativesp. 61
Denial
Minimization
Excuse
Justification
Patriarchy in Batterer Narratives
Learning from the Narratives of Men Who Batter women
Sex Differencesp. 81
The Booth Plaintiffs' Sources
Research Demonstrating sex Differences in violence against Intimates
Homicide
Separation Assault
Stalking
Sexual Assault
Sublethal Injury
Implications of Sex Differences in violence against intimates
Gender and Patriarchyp. 103
Gender
Patriarchy
Patriarchy, Gender, and violence across the Social Ecology
Cultural Factors
Community Factors
Interpersonal Factors
Change over Time (Chronosystem)
Interaction of Multiple Factors (Mesosystem)
Scholarly Evidence of Patriarchal Peer Support of violence against women
Conclusionp. 118
Directions for Future Research
Policy Recommendations
Notesp. 125
Bibliographyp. 129
Indexp. 147
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