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Sexual violence against men: new book

News: Jun 27, 2018

Sexual violence against men is an under-theorised and under-noticed topic, though it is becoming increasingly apparent that this form of violence is widespread. Despite emerging evidence documenting its incidence, especially in conflict and post-conflict zones, there are very few efforts to understand its causes and develop strategies to reduce it.

The new book Sexual Violence Against Men in Global Politics, aims to break new ground in theorizing sexual violence against men and boys.

“One of the reasons this has received very little attention could be its complicated relationship with sexual violence against women. The relationship between these violences conjures a range of complex and controversial questions about the ways they might be different, and why and how these differences matter,” says Maria Stern, professor in Peace and Development Studies at the School of Global Studies, and one of the editors of the book.

Historically, sexual violence has been understood to happen mostly, if not only, to women, allegedly because of their gender and their ensuing place in gender orders. The new book therefore raises important questions regarding the impact of increasing knowledge about sexual violence against men. It explores the impact on resources, on understandings about and experiences of masculinity, and whether the idea and practice of gender hierarchy is outdated.

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