Sex and World Peace
Sex and World Peace
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.
ebook, 256 pages
Published February 28th 2012 by Columbia University Press
(first published April 17th 2011)
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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
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
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.
Jul 01, 2013 Peter Mcloughlin rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
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
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
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.