A comprehensive account of the myriad ways that sex and crime interact in contemporary social life, sensitively confronting topics such as nationhood, abortion, child sexual exploitation, war, disability, pornography, and digital cultures. To explain how sex and crime is composed by, and composes, our understanding of these issues, this book: • Draws on the authors’ research expertise, insightful case studies, and leading scholarship from across the globe. • Develops students’ capacity to engage thoughtfully with diverse problems and to think critically, this is achieved with the help of creative learning exercises, empathetic questioning, and relevant illustrative examples. • Encourages readers to be reflexive, open-spirited, and curious about how issues of sex and crime touch their lives and those of people around them.

Sex and war

Sex and war

The purpose of this chapter is to demonstrate how rape (specifically genocidal rape) and sexual(ised) violence are used as weapons of war. The chapter also considers the relationship between militarised masculinity and sexual violence within and by military institutions. Below, we set up our discussion of these topics with two examples, one from popular culture and one from ‘national security’ political discourse. Please note that some readers might find the content of this chapter upsetting and so you should take your time with the material, take breaks and discuss anything that comes up for you with people you trust.

By the end of this chapter, you will understand more about:

  • the use of rape (specifically genocidal rape) and sexual(ised) violence ...
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