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“In this intriguing scholarly treatise, Fordham University law professor Suk (We the Women) documents how the law protects men’s ‘overentitlement’ and ‘overempowerment’ and examines efforts to correct the problem through constitutional reform. . . . a well-informed and actionable diagnosis of one of society’s most persistent ills” ― Publishers Weekly
“Julie Suk has provided an insightful analysis, built from her impressive fluency in US and European law, of how the law has overendowed and overempowered men at the expense of women’s equality. Suk’s proposals illuminate ways forward to limit the repercussions of centuries of law’s unjust and inequitable effect on women.”—Judith Resnik, Arthur Liman Professor of Law, Yale Law School
“In this powerful and provocative new book, Suk argues that misogyny is not simply a hatred of women, but rather a structural condition—and that the law has a role to play in dismantling it. A must-read for all who hope to see a world defined by parity rather than patriarchy.”—Rosalind Dixon, coauthor of Abusive Constitutional Borrowing: Legal Globalization and the Subversion of Liberal Democracy
“After Misogyny is a powerful and timely intervention, an urgent call to see anew the hidden workings of misogyny along with the law’s central role in sustaining it. In the wake of a pandemic, the #MeToo movement, and unprecedented assaults on reproductive rights, women’s unequal status in society has become ever more visible. Suk’s eye-opening account of the manifestations of misogyny explains these developments. At the same time, she convincingly insists there’s hope. Drawing on her vast expertise in worldwide feminist constitutional change, Suk reimagines the transformation of our own legal system. Her road map is smart, creative, and filled with promise.”—Deborah Tuerkheimer, author of Credible: Why We Doubt Accusers and Protect Abusers
“After Misogyny will completely transform how we think about gender equality. Suk convincingly draws a distinction between patriarchy and misogyny. She provides a sweeping and compelling explanation of the law’s role in gender-based violence, women’s invisibility, and women’s subjugation in the absence of patriarchy. She explains why men continue to cling to misogyny even after some of them have let go of patriarchy, and she thoughtfully argues how society benefits from the subjugation of women. Importantly, Suk also identifies a number of structural and institutional reforms that can address the rule of misogyny. After Misogyny confirms Suk’s reputation as a leading comparativist, constitutional law scholar, and feminist theorist. This book belongs on the shelf of everyone who cares about women’s equality.”—Guy-Uriel Charles, Charles J. Ogletree Jr. Professor of Law and Director of the Charles Hamilton Institute for Race and Justice, Harvard Law School