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Men Who Hate Women and Women Who Kick Their Asses
Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy in Feminist Perspective

Editor(s): Donna King, Carrie Lee Smith

Stieg Larsson was an unabashed feminist in his personal and professional life and in the fictional world he created, but The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest are full of graphic depictions of violence against women, including stalking, sexual harassment, child abuse, rape, incest, serial murder, sexual slavery, and sex trafficking, committed by vile individual men and by corrupt, secretive institutions. How do readers and moviegoers react to these depictions, and what do they make of the women who fight back, the complex masculinities in the trilogy, and the ambiguous gender of the elusive Lisbeth Salander?

These lively and accessible essays expand the conversation in the blogosphere about the novels and films by connecting the controversies about gender roles to social trends in the real world.

Biography of Editor(s)

Donna King, Professor of Sociology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, is author of Doing Their Share to Save the Planet: Children and Environmental Crisis and coeditor of Men Who Hate Women and Women Who Kick Their Asses: Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy in Feminist Perspective (also published by Vanderbilt).
Carrie Lee Smith is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Millersville University of Pennsylvania.


  • "For both feminist scholars and fans of the Millennium trilogy, this thought-provoking collection indeed lives up to its title by kicking ass."
  • "A scholarly but cheeky survey"
    --Star News
  • "This book would make a thoughtful present for the feminist Dragon Tattoo fan in your life."
    --Gender Focus