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"Enloe offers vivid illustrations from around the world of how women's perspectives and needs are ignored or trivialized, both in public discourse and policymaking."
“Of all the lessons I have learned from Cynthia Enloe’s pathbreaking scholarship, perhaps the most important is that to understand how any system of power works, one must examine who is on the margins of that system and how they are kept there. And to do that, one must pay close attention to the lives of those who live and operate on the margins, women in particular. In her new book, Enloe shows exactly what scholars, activists and officials lose when they fail to take the lives of women seriously. It is a must-read for any social scientist or graduate student.”—Aaron Belkin, Author of How We Won: Progressive Lessons from the Repeal of ‘Don't Ask, Don't Tell’
“Cynthia Enloe’s work is unique in that it challenges us all—policymakers, activists, scholars and students alike to take gender seriously. She asks provocative questions that are not normally asked about global politics and is always questioning our ‘common sense’ understanding about the way the world works.”—J. Ann Tickner, author of Gendering World Politics: Issues and Approaches in the Post-Cold War Era
“Cynthia Enloe is the leading authority in the field of gender, feminism, women and international relations.”—Amrita Basu, Paino Professor of Political Science, Women and Gender Studies, Amherst College
1. Who Is “Taken Seriously”?
2. Launching and Naming: Sexual Harassment and One Women’s-Studies Story
3. The Mundane Matters: Why Feminists Take Daily Life Seriously
4. DSK, Vikings, and the Smartest Guys: Masculinities in the Banking Crash of 2008
5. Women in Recession: Austerity and Misogyny
6. Militarism, Patriarchy, and Peace Movements: In Conversation with Cynthia Cockburn
7. Failing to Secure the Peace: Patriarchal Assumptions and Their Consequences for UN Operations in Haiti; A Conversation with Nadine Puechguirbal
8. Egyptian Women, Feminism, Revolutions: The Dinner Party
9. Conclusion: In the Eye of the Beholder