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Are Women Human?: And Other International Dialogues

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Exposing the consequences and significance of the systematic maltreatment of women, and its systemic condonation, this book takes us into the heart of the international law of conflict to ask - and reveal - why the international community can rally against terrorists' violence, but not against violence against women.
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published April 1st 2006 by Belknap Press
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Christopher Howard
Jul 24, 2017 marked it as to-read
Shelves: feminism
I am presently visiting my dear girlfriend at her restaurant where she works, reading Barthes, and Alex (her name) said to me that she is hungry and wondering if she should put an order in in the kitchen. I know that some cooks back there suck at cooking, so I asked who is working. Alex said, "So-and-so, he kinda sucks at cooking." I told her, "tell him you're really hungry, so make you a really good burger." Alex said, "He hates women." Which is to say, she isn't allowed to be really hungry and ...more
May 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
My star rating of this book is tainted by the fact that this is the first serious feminist book I can remember reading (I sadly missed taking femstudies in college), and I suddenly have a huge amount of respect for Catherine MacKinnon, and I get to take her CLASS. I could go on and on about Kadic v. Karadzic, where she won $745 million in damages for survivors of the genocidal rapes in Bosnia. I could also go on and on about new thoughts I am having about the pornography industry, but instead I ...more
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: feminism, law, non-fiction
There were a couple of minor points on which I disagreed with MacKinnon, but overall I found her thinking original and well reasoned. I enjoyed reading this one.
Fadwa Rizek
Nov 27, 2008 rated it liked it
These were a series of essays by a prominent women's rights attorney, Catherine MacKinnon, on a theme: the treatment of women internationally and locally-- from genocidal rapes in Eastern Europe to pornography within the United States. Though lacking cohesion and at times, coherency in the overall presentation, MacKinnon outlines a devastating image of women's rights, quality of life, and equality. Aside from that, the title has a funny connotation that I'm sure the author didn't intend: that wo ...more
Apr 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Very good, very erudite book. Worth both time and thought. My one beef with it is that it's dense in the sense that since it's a compiliation of speeches and essays the themes and language turn out to be kind of repetitive if you read them back to back. The best way to read this book is to read it slowly, taking time and pause between the essays so that you can enjoy them fully.
Mar 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
Poorly compiled - you see sections of one essay repeated verbatim in another.

I picked this up because I wanted to know more about Kadic v. Karadzic. Those essays were interesting though not as informative as I had hoped.

There's also a depressing focus on Canada as a leader in equality rights...
Dec 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Honestly I didnt read this book cover to cover. I started that way but it is a very info dense book and I felt like it was written in lawyer-speak. I did find that it was informative and worth the time I spent on it.
May 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
One of the greatest minds in history. A towering intellect.
Jan 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Valuable book but hard to push through such rough topics.
Jun 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great read, very informative, although, repetitive in some parts.
May 27, 2014 rated it it was ok
It's a collection of speeches and articles on similar topics, so it gets repetitive in parts. Also, even when I agree with what she's saying, MacKinnon's writing can be a tough slog.
Mar 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Total lack of editing.
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Catharine A. MacKinnon is the Elizabeth A. Long Professor of Law at the University of Michigan and the James Barr Ames Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School (long-term). She holds a BA from Smith College, a JD from Yale Law School, and a PhD in political science from Yale, and specializes in sex equality issues under international and domestic (including comparative and constitutional) l ...more
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