Reaction and Resistance
Feminism, Law, and Social ChangeBook - 2007
The image of “backlash” is pervasive in contemporary debates about the impact of second-wave feminism on law and policy. But does it really explain the resistance to feminist initiatives for social change in contemporary culture?
In Reaction and Resistance, contributors from various disciplines analyze reaction and resistance to feminism in several areas of law and policy – child custody, child poverty, sexual harassment, and sexual assault – and in a number of institutional sites: courts, legislatures, families, the mainstream media, and the academy. Collectively, their studies paint a more complicated, often contradictory, picture of feminism, law, and social change than the popular image of backlash suggests.
Reaction and Resistance offers feminists and other activists empirically grounded knowledge that can be used to develop legal and political strategies for change.
How is the response to the ideology of second-wave feminism different from that of the first, and how has this response translated to law and policy within institutions? The contributors of nine extended essays (including an able introduction) examine representations of feminism and antiracism, criminal law and the campus as sexual terrains, and the tension between familial identities and neo-liberal reforms. Specific topics include the treatment of feminism and equity in the media, men's "rights' and feminists' "wrongs" in cyberspace, imperial longings and feminist responses in the print media's representations of nationhood after 9/11, sexualized violence and law reform in an atmosphere of neo-liberal sexual citizenship, the evolution of campus sexual harassment regimes, fathers' rights and family catastrophes in post-separation parenting, child-centered advocacy and the invisibility of women in poverty discourse and social policy, and responses to the legal recognition of same-sex relationships. Distributed by UTP Distribution. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)