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By Breanne Fahs

Stuck among postsexual revolution celebrations of growth and alarmingly regressive new modes of disempowerment, the 40 ladies interviewed in Performing Sex provide a candid and provocative portrait of liberated intercourse in the US.

Through this nuanced and complicated research, Breanne Fahs demonstrates that regardless of the consistent cooptation of the phrases of sexual freedom, women's sexual subjectivities and the methods they regularly grapple with moving definitions of liberation characterize provocative areas for severe inquiry and private discovery, finally producing novel methods of imagining and reimagining energy, excitement, and resistance."

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The very rarity of professional international political commentators taking seriously either women’s experiences of international politics or women’s gender analyses of international politics is, therefore, itself a political phenomenon that needs to be taken seriously. What so many non-feminist-informed international commentators ignore has been explored by the burgeoning academic field of gender and international relations. 9 At the same time, we can be more curious about who does not pay attention to women’s experiences—of war, marriage, 18 / Gender Makes the World Go Round trade, travel, revolution, and plantation and factory work.

Gender Makes the World Go Round / 31 Notions of masculinity are not identical across generations or across cultural boundaries. 21 Comparison may reveal striking similarities but also expose significant differences. ” In such rivalries, women are marginalized unless (withstanding ridicule as “unfeminine”) they can convincingly cloak themselves in a particular masculinized style of speech and action. ” While political contests over masculinity marginalize all but a very few women, such contests always put femininity into play.

By itself, its role is never decisive. Numbers of governments and lobbying groups were willing to allow the conventional phrase violence against women and children to be inserted and to have it listed merely as one reason among many for limiting the international trade in small arms. What they did not accept was the insertion of the more politically salient analytical phrase gender-based violence, or for that to become a formal criterion imposed on governments when they assessed the legality of exporting weaponry.

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