Are Women Human? And Other International Dialogues

ISBN-10: 0674025555

ISBN-13: 9780674025554

Edition: 2006

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More than half a century after the Universal Declaration of Human Rights defined what a human being is and is entitled to, Catharine MacKinnon asks: Are women human yet? If women were regarded as human, would they be sold into sexual slavery worldwide; veiled, silenced, and imprisoned in homes; bred, and worked as menials for little or no pay; stoned for sex outside marriage or burned within it; mutilated genitally, impoverished economically, and mired in illiteracy--all as a matter of course and without effective recourse? The cutting edge is where law and culture hurts, which is where MacKinnon operates in these essays on the transnational status and treatment of women. Taking her gendered critique of the state to the international plane, ranging widely intellectually and concretely, she exposes the consequences and significance of the systematic maltreatment of women and its systemic condonation. And she points toward fresh ways--social, legal, and political--of targeting its toxic orthodoxies. MacKinnon takes us inside the workings of nation-states, where the oppression of women defines community life and distributes power in society and government. She takes us to Bosnia-Herzogovina for a harrowing look at how the wholesale rape and murder of women and girls there was an act of genocide, not a side effect of war. She takes us into the heart of the international law of conflict to ask--and reveal--why the international community can rally against terrorists' violence, but not against violence against women. A critique of the transnational status quo that also envisions the transforming possibilities of human rights, this bracing book makes us look as never before at an ongoing war too long undeclared.
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List price: $28.50
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 11/30/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

Catharine A. MacKinnon is Elizabeth A. Long Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School.

Introduction: Women's Status, Men's States
Theory and reality
On Torture (1990)
Human Rights and Global Violence Against Women (1992)
Theory Is Not a Luxury (1993)
Are Women Human? (1999)
Postmodernism and Human Rights (2000)
The Promise of CEDAW's Optional Protocol (2004)
Struggles within states
Making Sex Equality Real (1985)
Nationbuilding in Canada (1988)
Misogyny's Cold Heart (1987)
On Sex and Violence: Introducing the Antipornography Civil Rights Law in Sweden (1990)
Equality Remade: Violence Against Women (1991)
Pornography's Empire (1995)
Sex Equality Under the Constitution of India: Problems, Prospects, and "Personal Laws" (2006)
Through the bosnian lens
Crimes of War, Crimes of Peace (1993)
Turning Rape into Pornography: Postmodern Genocide (1993)
Rape as Nationbuilding (1994)
From Auschwitz to Omarska, Nuremberg to The Hague (1994)
Rape, Genocide, and Women's Human Rights (1994)
Gender-Based Crimes in Humanitarian Law (1997)
War Crimes Remedies at the National Level (1997)
Collective Harms Under the Alien Tort Statute: A Cautionary Note on Class Actions (1999)
Genocide's Sexuality (2005)
On the cutting edge
Defining Rape Internationally: A Comment on Akayesu (2006)
Pornography as Trafficking (2005)
Women's September 11th: Rethinking the International Law of Conflict (2006)
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