Bananas, Beaches and Bases: Making Feminist Sense of by Cynthia Enloe

By Cynthia Enloe

During this fresh radical research of globalization, Cynthia Enloe examines contemporary events—Bangladeshi garment manufacturing facility deaths, family employees within the Persian Gulf, chinese language international travelers, and the UN gender politics of guns—to display the the most important function of ladies in foreign politics today.

With all new and up to date chapters, Enloe describes what number women's likely own strategies—in their marriages, of their housekeeping, of their dealing with beliefs of beauty—are, actually, the stuff of worldwide politics. Enloe deals a feminist gender research of the worldwide politics of either masculinities and femininities, dismantles an it sounds as if overwhelming international method, and divulges that procedure to be even more fragile and open to alter than we expect.

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Buried in its thirteen pages of formal diplomatic language was a transnational feminist success: article 7, paragraph 4. ”19 Eight years and multinational attentiveness and transnational lobbying by scores of women produced this crucial phrase: gender-based violence. And not only that. The hotly contested phrase—gender-based violence—was placed here, in this section of the Arms Trade Treaty that made it binding (not simply advisory) on the ATT’s government signatories. 24 / Gender Makes the World Go Round Including “gender-based violence” as a criterion for government officials when they assessed the legality of exporting any small arms from their own countries’ gun manufacturers was a criterion strenuously resisted by certain influential organizations and by officials from powerful governments.

Visible women’s political issues, women’s critical analyses, and women’s political activism. Suffragists in the early 1900s set up their own printing presses and publishing houses to put out independent broadsides, pamphlets, and newspapers to let their fellow citizens know why women campaigners were demanding voting rights for women on the same terms as for men. Then, in the 1980s and 1990s, scores of new magazines, publishing houses, archives, and bookstores were established by feminists in India, Mexico, Britain, the United States, Canada, Italy, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Spain, Australia, South Africa, Japan, South Korea, Sweden, Pakistan, and Turkey 20 / Gender Makes the World Go Round in order to provide media outlets for literally thousands of women who were writing feminist-informed histories, novels, poetry, memoirs, political theory, health guides, investigatory journalism, and cinema reviews.

Among its many questionable consequences, the absorption of the idea that we live in a dangerous world serves to reinforce the primacy of particular forms of masculinity while subordinating most women and femininity itself. Men living in a dangerous world are commonly imagined to be the natural protectors. Women living in a dangerous world allegedly are those who need protection. ” Gender Makes the World Go Round / 31 Notions of masculinity are not identical across generations or across cultural boundaries.

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