Sex & Foreign Policy
You can’t just assert that “sex is the missing part of the equation”…
and then tell us that besides “this one issue” (which by the way mostly focuses on sexuality, not on women’s issues or gender relations broadly) you’ve done your due diligence and let’s get back to writing about “real” issues: as if gender, sex and sexuality aren’t relevant to many of the stories you routinely cover…
And a question towards finding a solution:
What if we really took masculinity seriously as a cultural norm that regulates not just men’s attitudes toward women but also their attitudes toward other men, that is embedded in the entire way we think about nations, states and markets, and that impacts foreign and economic policies around the globe, even those that have on the surface nothing to do with women’s rights?
I did, however, enjoy many articles.
- The China-centric "The Startling Plight of China’s Leftover Ladies." This article in particular struck a chord with me, mentioning the Atlantic article "All the Single Ladies," which got many of my friends chatting about the traditional ideas of marriage and when and if we would get married. The important takeaways highlighted in FP were that countries with large numbers of unmarried men tend to be more unstable, and that across the world, and most notably connected here, more educated women in Asia are not getting married at all.
- "The Most Important Women You’ve Never Heard of," informative bios on the world’s leading ladies. I found it inspiring, but also illuminating to hear how these women got where they are and how they’re impacting the world.
- And, "Why Do They Hate Us," which I have yet to finish, but in my social media world, went almost viral with many friends and colleagues linking to the article.