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Sex and World Peace

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While the security of the state affects the security of women, does it also hold that the security of women help determine the security of states? Provocatively affirming this claim, Sex and World Peace unsettles a variety of assumptions in political and security discourse, proving the situation of women to be a vital variable in the incidence of conflict and war.
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ebook, 317 pages
Published May 14th 2014 by Columbia University Press (first published April 17th 2011)
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There have been very few books that have actually changed my mindset, and really changed the way I view the world. The first, The Pearl, by Steinbeck, the second, The Jungle by Upton Sinclair, and third, Sex and World Peace. This book is a must read. It really changed the way I view international relations. It completely convinced me that promoting women's rights by beginning with securing their safety will dramatically change the face of international conflict.
Once again, book club has broadened my horizons. This book is not always an easy read. I found chapter four particularly difficult to get through. It is written the most like a text book and had tons of statistics, maps, and charts, all of which were important. The chapters before and after are captivating and horrifying. I am amazed at how much this book made me think. I want my girls to understand how much they have to contribute and how important their voices are to society. The idea that was ...more
Craig Packer
It's going to take one helluva book to top Sex & World Peace as my favorite read of 2013. Whether it is the chapter dedicated to breaking down the evolutionary basis for patriarchy in our world, the global maps (not interactive) that drive home the current state of women around the world based on numerous robust--though still imperfect--data sets, or the authors' call to action for the future for individuals, organization, and nation states, the book is one of the most important contribution ...more
Zawn Villines
Utterly dreadful. There are much better introductions to feminism and world politics than this nearly worthless volume.

Despite extensive endnotes, this book makes tons of unsupported claims, and reads like it was written by a high school student. For example, the authors repeatedly claim that "evolutionary theory" supports a theory wherein men structure power such that they can dominate women. Cringe. Some philosophies derived from evolutionary theory argue this, yes, but evolutionary theory its
Peter Mcloughlin
This book lays down clearly the links between democratization, economic development, and international peace both inside and outside a countries borders and how people treat women. Gender issues are not a side issue in Geopolitics and national development but a centerpiece of these issues. If you want better economic development and democratization of a country and international peace pay attention to women's issues. Lifting women out of poverty, freeing them from restrictions around marriage o ...more
A must read for all women and MEN. An eyeopening book about violence against women around the world and how it effects National and International security. It is not just an issue for women but for all human kind. The author uses research to give credibility to her theories and concludes with concrete suggestions for changing the state of the women's lives around the world. Though a long and difficult read at times it is well worth the time and effort to read in its entirety.
Grace Harrington
I met the author a few weeks ago at a conference in DC, and was really intrigued by her research, so I decided to read the book. I finished it in a few hours. It is chalk-full of facts about sexual violence across the world (especially in Asia), and how these crimes have a direct correlation to the economy and lifestyle of the people. Great read for any feminist.
Mark Denney
After reading a review from Gloria Steinem. I decided to read this book, and frankly I could not put it down. It brought me awareness to the atrocities that still happen throughout the world to women, and also showed that we still even have got a long way to go in the United States. At times necessarily graphic, I was exposed to a part of the world that is still horrific and must be changed so that all can thrive. As the book explains and recommends, humans are not living to their potential beca ...more
Got a gift from my son for Xmas
Definitely a keeper (the book, and the son)
Lexi Patterson
Wow. What a book. Some parts are very graphic and gave me a stomach ache, but I think it's important that we understand the evils of this world we live in so that we can make a difference for good. This book has broaden my eyes and inspired me to really make a difference with the small things I say and do. I recommend to all citizens of this world.
Good book recommended by Gloria Steinem when she came to Austin last Sept. The book makes you question the status quo and how even small changes can make a difference in how men and women relate as well as how women treat other women. It is amazing that the safety and security of women within a country can be related to that country's propensity to be in conflict. While I had the kindle edition that made me squint at the maps showing interesting comparisons between countries, I would think they ...more
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Julia Marie
Read for my Gender, War, and Peace class. Concise, strongly and clearly argued, with clear empirical evidence. A must read for undergraduates and feminists.
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