Focus On Women

Sex and World Peace: Or, What Little Girls Have to Do With Our Wars
Posted: 10/12/2012 8:10 pm
Soraya Chemaly

This is common sense, but apparently that's irrelevant. Which is why I am so glad that now it's also legitimately documented in a quiet but powerfully provocative book, Sex and World Peace. Why the authors' findings should be provocative is beyond me but I am glad they are finally being talked about.

If you take one idea away from the year 2012 this should be this:

"The very best predictor of a state's peacefulness is not its level of wealth, its level of democracy, or its ethno-religious identity; the best predictor of a state's peacefulness is how well its women are treated. What's more, democracies with higher levels of violence against women are as insecure and unstable as nondemocracies."