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Frenemies: Feminists, Conservatives, and Sexual Violence

Nancy Whittier


What happens when activists who usually oppose each other work to advance similar goals? This book re-conceptualizes models of social movements’ relationships with each other and develops a new framework for understanding relationships that are neither coalitions nor countermovements. Rich, empirically grounded case studies of opposition to pornography, child sexual abuse policy, and the Violence Against Women Act show how feminists and conservatives engaged with the issues and with each other, the differences between their approaches, and both their points of overlap and their power struggles ... More

Keywords: social movements, women’s movement, feminism, conservatism, public policy, Congress, coalitions, pornography, child sexual abuse, Violence Against Women Act

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190235994
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190235994.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nancy Whittier, author
Professor of Sociology, Smith College