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Equality with a Vengeance
Men's Rights Groups, Battered Women, and Antifeminist Backlash
Molly Dragiewicz



Northeastern Series on Gender, Crime, and Law

Northeastern University Press
2011 • 168 pp. 2 illus. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2"
Women's Studies / Law

$26.00 Paperback, 978-1-55553-739-5
$85.00 Hardcover, 978-1-55553-738-8

$24.99 Ebook, 978-1-55553-756-2

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Equality with a Vengeance, by Molly Dragiewicz, will be most interesting to domestic violence prevention professionals and others looking for a cogent analysis of the attacks on anti-violence legislation by so-called men's rights groups. [Dragiewicz argues that] considering gender in any analysis of violence is not radical but essential, and that refusing to do so is politically motivated.”—Women’s Review of Books

A provocative investigation of how fathers’ rights groups are trying to erode the gains of the battered women’s movement

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.

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Reviews:

"Dragiewicz has provided us with a treasure in its analysis of the motivations of men's and fathers' rights (FR) programs, as well as their claims and how to refute many of their arguments. She writes both as a scholar and as an advocate of anti-violence, and has probably set herself up to be an expert witness in future lawsuits brought by FR groups. But even if she does not testify, her book will surely be used to counter their suits. Her book, Equality With a Vengeance: Men's Rights Groups, Battered Women, and a Feminist Backlash, is one that no stale coalition library should be without. Ideally, every DV program should have a copy in the event it is sued by MR or FR groups."—Domestic Violence Report

“The book has great value as a case study of antifeminist backlash. When Dragiewicz argues that what might seem at first glance to be isolated backlash from small fringe groups actually reflects larger anti-feminist discourses that are alive and well today, we are reminded of the importance and value of doing such close-up case studies. . . . Clearly, the discursive political battle that Dragiewicz describes continues, and this book is a welcome contribution to clear thinking on the issue.”—Contemporary Sociology

Endorsements:

Equality with a Vengeance is a clear and convincing, finely contextualized account of violence against women and the multifaceted sources that help to understand its origin, pervasiveness and persistence. Dragewicz’s work stands to combat the resurgence of myths about interpersonal violence promulgated by anti-feminist fathers’ rights groups.”
—Susan Caringella, Professor, Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice Program, Western Michigan University

“This book is a major contribution to the field of domestic violence, as no one else is writing about the lawsuits being filed by men's rights groups around the U.S. whose purpose is to defund shelters for battered women. Dragiewicz analyzes the first of these suits in depth, explaining why the arguments made by the plaintiffs are wrong legally, and demonstrating the ways that these arguments mirror typical statements by batterers.”—Nancy K. D. Lemon, Lecturer, Berkeley School of Law, UC Berkeley



MOLLY DRAGIEWICZ is Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Criminology, Justice and Policy Studies at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.






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