By Catharine A. MacKinnon
greater than part a century after the common statement of Human Rights outlined what a individual is and is entitled to, Catharine MacKinnon asks: Are ladies human but? If girls have been considered as human, may they be bought into sexual slavery around the globe; veiled, silenced, and imprisoned in houses; bred, and labored as menials for very little pay; stoned for intercourse outdoors marriage or burned inside of it; mutilated genitally, impoverished economically, and mired in illiteracy--all as an issue after all and with out powerful recourse?
The innovative is the place legislations and tradition hurts, that is the place MacKinnon operates in those essays at the transnational prestige and therapy of ladies. Taking her gendered critique of the country to the foreign aircraft, ranging generally intellectually and concretely, she exposes the implications and importance of the systematic maltreatment of girls and its systemic condonation. and he or she issues towards clean ways--social, felony, and political--of concentrating on its poisonous orthodoxies.
MacKinnon takes us contained in the workings of realms, the place the oppression of girls defines neighborhood existence and distributes strength in society and executive. She takes us to Bosnia-Herzogovina for a harrowing examine how the wholesale rape and homicide of ladies and women there has been an act of genocide, no longer a facet impression of struggle. She takes us into the center of the overseas legislation of clash to ask--and reveal--why the foreign neighborhood can rally opposed to terrorists' violence, yet no longer opposed to violence opposed to girls. A critique of the transnational establishment that still envisions the remodeling chances of human rights, this bracing ebook makes us glance as by no means ahead of at an ongoing conflict too lengthy undeclared.
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MacKinnon Stanford, California * When writing the essay that became the title piece for this volume, I was not aware of Dorothy Sayers’s work. See Dorothy L. Sayers, Unpopular Opinions: Twenty-one Essays (New York: William B. Eerdmans, 1971, 2005). The question deserves re-asking from diverse perspectives and Harcourt and Brace, 1947); Dorothy L. Sayers, Are Women Human? : in varied contexts. Contents Introduction: Women’s Status, Men’s States part one theory and reality 1On Torture (1990) 2Human Rights and Global Violence Against Women (1992) 3Theory Is Not a Luxury (1993) 4Are Women Human?
Increasingly a shell of force, if with considerable remaining clout, the state never has monopolized the means of violence within its borders, unless male violence against women is seen as encompassed within it. 80 In the absence of states’ tools of implementation, international law—like women largely lacking access to legitimate force to compel adherence to its will—has had to develop a wider range of means to be effective. Not to valorize lack of enforcement, but force is not all there is to effectiveness or even to power.
Contents Introduction: Women’s Status, Men’s States part one theory and reality 1On Torture (1990) 2Human Rights and Global Violence Against Women (1992) 3Theory Is Not a Luxury (1993) 4Are Women Human? (1999) 5Postmodernism and Human Rights (2000) 6The Promise of CEDAW’s Optional Protocol (2004) part two struggles within states 7Making Sex Equality Real (1985) 8Nationbuilding in Canada (1988) 9Misogyny’s Cold Heart (1987) 10On Sex and Violence: Introducing the Antipornography Civil Rights Law in Sweden (1990) 11Equality Remade: Violence Against Women (1991) 12Pornography’s Empire (1995) 13Sex Equality Under the Constitution of India: Problems, Prospects, and “Personal Laws” (2006) part three through the bosnian lens 14Crimes of War, Crimes of Peace (1993) 15Turning Rape into Pornography: Postmodern Genocide (1993) 16Rape as Nationbuilding (1994) 17From Auschwitz to Omarska, Nuremberg to The Hague (1994) 18Rape, Genocide, and Women’s Human Rights (1994) 19Gender-Based Crimes in Humanitarian Law (1997) 20War Crimes Remedies at the National Level (1997) 21Collective Harms Under the Alien Tort Statute: A Cautionary Note on Class Actions (1999) 22Genocide’s Sexuality (2005) part four on the cutting edge 23Defining Rape Internationally: A Comment on Akayesu (2006) 24Pornography as Trafficking (2005) 25Women’s September 11th: Rethinking the International Law of Conflict (2006) Notes Index Introduction Women’s Status, Men’s States They had been, if not social equals, homemakers and mothers with families and homes to care for, farmers with land and livestock, lawyers and judges in a legal system, workers with jobs in factories and businesses, schoolgirls whose mothers were alive and whole.
Are Women Human?: And Other International Dialogues by Catharine A. MacKinnon