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

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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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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Key Contexts
8
2 Booth v Hvass
26
3 Popular Discourses
49
4 Batterer Narratives
61
5 Sex Differences
81
6 Gender and Patriarchy
103
7 Conclusion
118
Notes
125
References
129
Index
147
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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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