In Seriously!, Cynthia Enloe, author of the groundbreaking analysis of globalization, Bananas, Beaches, and Bases, addresses two deeply gendered and contested questions: Who is taken seriously? And who gets to bestow the label "serious" on others? With a strategy of taking both women and gender dynamics seriously, Cynthia Enloe investigates the Dominique Strauss-Kahn affair and the banking crash of 2008, the subsequent recession, as well as UN peacekeeping and the ongoing Egyptian revolution. Each case study highlights the gritty experiences of women in diverse circumstances--in banks, on the job market, in war zones, and in revolutions. The results of taking women seriously are fresh insights into what fuels the cultures of hyper--risk taking, of sexual harassment, and the denial of women's post-war security.
Cynthia Enloe is research professor at Clark University and author of numerous books, including Bananas, Beaches and Bases: Making Feminist Sense of International Politics.
List of Illustrations Preface 1. Who Is "Taken Seriously"? 2. Launching and Naming: Sexual Harassment and One Women's-Studies Story 3. The Mundane Matters: Why Feminists Take Daily Life Seriously 4. DSK, Vikings, and the Smartest Guys: Masculinities in the Banking Crash of 2008 5. Women in Recession: Austerity and Misogyny 6. Militarism, Patriarchy, and Peace Movements: In Conversation with Cynthia Cockburn 7. Failing to Secure the Peace: Patriarchal Assumptions and Their Consequences for UN Operations in Haiti; A Conversation with Nadine Puechguirbal 8. Egyptian Women, Feminism, Revolutions: The Dinner Party 9. Conclusion: In the Eye of the Beholder Notes Bibliography Index