Sexual Decoys: Gender, Race and War in Imperial Democracy

TitleSexual Decoys: Gender, Race and War in Imperial Democracy
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsEisenstein, Zillah R.
Number of Pages142
PublisherZed Books

In this book, the author aims to indict neoliberal imperial politics. She charts its most recent militarist and masculinist configurations through discussions of the Afghan and Iraq wars, violations at Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib, the 2004 US Presidential electron, and Hurricane Katrina. She argues that women's rights rhetoric is being manipulated, particularly by Condoleezza Rice and other women in the Bush administration, as a ploy for global dominance and a misogynistic capture of democratic discourse. However, the author also believes that the plural and diverse lives of women will lay the basis for an assault on these fascistic elements. This new politics will both confound and clarify feminisms, and reconfigure democracy across the globe.

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