Book Review: Gender, power, and violence

AuthorTanya M. Grant
Published date01 December 2022
Date01 December 2022
Subject MatterBook Reviews
community, and several other sexual orientations and gender identities. Further, the authors explain
the needs of the queer community, such as broader sex education (including consent education) in K
12 schools (p. 173), and propose several strategies that could address many of these needs . The pos-
sible strategies are divided into categories, including macrolevel strategies (e.g., large-scale social
movements and awareness events) and microlevel strategies (e.g., developing better antidiscrimina-
tion programs). The book closes with Chapter 7 (What Have We Learned?), which summarizes
each of the preceding chapters and contextualizes them in the larger academic context. This
chapter also provides two key areas for future research: the impact of the media on sexual assault
and the impact of the Internet on sexual violence (pp. 193195).
Overall, one of the greatest strengths of this book is that it f‌ills a signif‌icant gap in the academic
literature by providing a much-needed overview of the state of the f‌ield regarding the sexual victim-
ization of queer people. As such, this book is an excellent reference for any interested scholar. Given
its use of a more complex qualitative technique plus its academic context in queer victimization, the
book would also have great value as an assignment in a graduate-level course in queer studies, gender
studies, victimology, or qualitative methodology. Finally, because of the real-world implications
described throughout the book, it might also be of interest to those seeking to close the gap
between theory and practice regarding the inclusion of queer people in victims services.
Shanna Felix
Hattery, A. J., & Smith, E. (2019). Gender, power, and violence. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Litchf‌ield. 223 pp.
$23.91, ISBN 978-1-538-11817-7
Reviewed by: Tanya M. Grant ,Mercy College, Manhattan, NY, USA
DOI: 10.1177/0734016819889115
Sexual and intimate partner violence is part of the landscape that women and children live with,
Hattery and Smith (2019) state in the opening remarks of their book, Gender, Power, and
Violence. This powerful statement presents readers with the reality of what many women and chil-
dren experience in their lifetimes. The authors delve into the abuse that women and children suffer
while associated with various institutions such as college fraternities, the military, prisons, athletics,
the Catholic Church, politics, and entertainment. Each chapter provides an intense examination of
each institution, along with historical context, case studies, discussion of systems responsible for
oversight, specif‌ic statistics for each, as well as trends, barriers for reporting, and additional subtopic
areas specif‌ically related to the institution.
The authors directly address the issue of why these institutions are associated with the abuse of women
and children, especially since they all seem completely unrelated. Hattery and Smith give three concise
answers. First, these institutions organizational structures allow the perpetuation of gender-based vio-
lence (GBV) and/or violence against children. Secondly, these organizations have high rates of violence
perpetrated against women and/or children. Lastly, there is a culture of complicity that allows the abuse to
continue without any form of intervention. The authorsreasoning, which is factual and unbiased, pro-
vides readers with a strong introduction to the books focus and how they intend to bring together the
institutional factor and the impact of the #MeToo movement on those institutions.
Chapter 2 is perhaps one of the most informative chapters in the book. While many people have
followed the discourse occurring in most, if not, all of the highlighted institutions, the authors
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