Victim No More

Women’s Resistance to Law, Culture and Power

Edited by Ellen Faulkner and Gayle MacDonald  

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This book challenges the idea that women are simply victims. It celebrates women’s resistance. It explores the moments beyond victimization. It argues that women do not stay crushed and broken, but move on, build and grow. The contributors to this edited edition celebrate the various forms of resistance: political resistance at both the collective and individual levels, legal resistance and resistance to cultural forms and labels. The editors argue that “Women-as-victim is not an emancipatory cry that encourages all women to join efforts in combating patriarchy. It is, at its core, highly analogous to the right-wing, conservative agendas that keep women politically passive, smiling stewards of male futures, still adhering to ‘men’s way’ in the boardroom and the bedroom.”

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  • Section I: Theory and Praxis
  • Introduction (Ellen Faulkner and Gayle MacDonald)
  • Rethinking the Critique of ‘Victim Feminism’ (Rebecca Stringer)
  • Section II: Legal Challenge/Reform and Resistance
  • Flight: Women Abuse and Children’s Habitual Resistance in The Hague Convention on International Child Abduction (Rebecca Jaremko Bromwich)
  • Bad Girls like Good Contracts: Ontario Erotic Dancers Collective Resistance (Suzanne Bouclin)
  • ‘Be Active, Be Emancipated’ (BABE)-Women’s Response to Violence and War (Doris Goedl)
  • Section III: The Politics of Resistance
  • The Raging Grannies: Outrageous Hats, Satirical Songs and Civil Disobedience (Carole Roy)
  • “Not a Tough Enough Skin?”: Resisting Paternalist Relations in Academe (Norma Jean Profit)
  • Representing Victims of Sexualized Assault (Linda Coates and Penny Ridley)
  • Section IV: Resilience/Identity Formation
  • Queer Dispositions: A Case Study in Trans-gressing the Limits of Law (Lisa Passante)
  • In Defiance of Compulsory Mothering: Voluntarily Childfree Women’s Resistance (Debra Mollen)
  • Playing Games With the Law: Legal Advocacy and Resistance (Karen Rosenberg)
  • Resistance and Recovery: Three Women’s Testimony on Addiction and Collective Sites of Recovery (Jean Toner)
  • Section V: Historical Forms of Resistance
  • Milk Enough for All: Breast-giving, Fugitivity and the Limits of Resistance (Lynn Makau)
  • Insane But Not an Ideological Convert: Nakamoto Takoto’s Claim to Political Dissidence in Prewar Japan (Janice Matsumura)
  • Bibliography


  • Ellen Faulkner

    Brock University

    Ellen Faulkner received her PhD in Sociology and Equity Studies in Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto after graduating from Queen’s University with a BA (Honours) in Women’s Studies and a MA in Sociology. For the past few years she has been studying hate crimes committed against gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender/transexual persons in Canada. Ellen was recently awarded $47,498 over three years from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) to research and understand what impedes or supports hate crime reporting, documentation and case processing. Her research, entitled “Making Hate Crime: A Study of Police Work,” will seek to understand victim experience of hate crime and police and detective discretion in terms of their use of hate crime policy. Faulkner’s areas of research and teaching include anti-gay/lesbian violence, violence against women and children, same-sex partner abuse, reproductive technologies, surrogacy contracts, critical criminological and feminist theories, and qualitative/quantitative research methodologies.

  • Gayle MacDonald

    St. Thomas University

    Gayle MacDonald is a professor of sociology at St. Thomas University. Her areas of research are sex work, social legal studies, social contrl and deviance. Her publications include Sex Workers in the maritimes Talk Back (with Leslie Jeffery), Feminism, Law, Inclusion: Intersectionality in Action (ed. with Rachel Osborne and Charles Smith), and Social Context and Social Location in the Sociology of Law.

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