Today’s Mad Men

Today’s Mad Men

I remember when I first started watching Mad Men. Like most of America, I got hooked. How could I not? The glitz and glamour of 1960s Manhattan was irresistible. But from the very first episode, I knew there was something deeply wrong with this world — the...
Military Sexual Violence: From Frontline to Fenceline

Military Sexual Violence: From Frontline to Fenceline

As more U.S. military women break the silence about sexual violence committed by their comrades in arms, it is clear that sporadic “scandals”—at the Tailhook Naval Aviators’ Convention (1991), Aberdeen Proving Grounds Ordnance Center (1996), the U.S. Air Force Academy...

Egyptian Protesters Eat Their Own

Remember the Tahrir Square attack on Lara Logan two years ago while she was covering the demonstrations for CBS News? It seems that women — even protestors — continue to be sexually assaulted. At the Egypt Independent, Tom Dale writes: A woman was sexually...
Orientalizing Rape

Orientalizing Rape

The Western press has been heavily criticized for orientalizing India’s rape culture while downplaying its own. Since the brutal rape and subsequent death of a 23-year-old physiotherapy student in mid-December ignited widespread protests throughout India and...
Women of Bosnia and Herzegovina: Twenty Years Later

Women of Bosnia and Herzegovina: Twenty Years Later

Twenty years ago this month, war broke out in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the main act in the dissolution of Yugoslavia. In Sarajevo, the country’s capital that once proudly hosted the Winter Olympics, 11,541 red chairs on the main street mark the grim anniversary....
Politics, Perpetrators, and the Plight of Women

Politics, Perpetrators, and the Plight of Women

Angelina Jolie’s writing and directorial debut “In the Land of Blood and Honey,” snubbed by the Oscars and screened in very few U.S. theaters, isn’t generating the blockbuster actress’s usual buzz. It deserves better. “Blood and...
The Cost of Congressional Dithering

The Cost of Congressional Dithering

While members of Congress waste time naming post offices and devising ways to get seniors to pay for billionaires’ tax breaks through cuts in Medicare and Social Security, other important business is slipping through the cracks. Specifically, if Congress...
Ending Rape in War

Ending Rape in War

After curving through miles of Quebec’s countryside, the road to Montebello arrives at an enormous log cabin along the Ottawa River. Busloads of women pull up, from Rwanda, Colombia, the Congo, Mexico, Bosnia, Burma—women who think they can change the...
What about the Woman Strauss-Kahn Allegedly Assaulted?

What about the Woman Strauss-Kahn Allegedly Assaulted?

As details emerge in the case of International Monetary Fund chief and alleged assaulter Dominique Strauss-Kahn, my eye is on how his wrecked political clout is getting all the attention. The brutal assault of a hotel housekeeper that Manhattan District Attorney Artie...
Make 1325 Real for Women’s Peace and Security

Make 1325 Real for Women’s Peace and Security

October 31 marked the tenth anniversary of the momentous UN resolution on women, peace and security—UNSCR 1325. This set a new international standard that requires all parties—the UN, states, and armed militias—to ensure that women participate fully...

Gender and U.S. Bases in Asia-Pacific

The power dynamics of militarism in the Asia-Pacific region rely on dominance and subordination. These hierarchical relationships, shaped by gender, can be seen in U.S. military exploitation of host communities, its abuse and contamination of land and water, and the...

Bring the Troops Home Now Resolution Toolkit

Table of Contents Sample Resolution Sample Petitions Talking Points on Iraq War: Quick Facts Resourcesa. Opinion Pieces b. Websites Bring Troops Home Now Resolution Toolkit Sample Resolution A resolution expressing the [your city/town’s name here] city...

Hooray for Nationalism?

Nationalism is once again getting a makeover. Associated with all manner of ills—Nazism, genocide, unsavory dictatorships—nationalism is being rebranded by the same political science community that largely ignored the phenomenon for so many years. The...