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Rape Loot PillageThe Political Economy of Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict$
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Sara Meger

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190277666

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190277666.001.0001

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Sexual Violence Against Men and Boys in Armed Conflict

Sexual Violence Against Men and Boys in Armed Conflict

(p.174) Chapter 8 Sexual Violence Against Men and Boys in Armed Conflict
Rape Loot Pillage

Sara Meger

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that, while the oversight in advocacy and scholarship on sexual violence against men and boys has been problematic, it does not undermine the insight of early feminist scholarship into sexual violence in conflict, nor does it confound the framework developed in this book. This chapter explains sexual violence against men and boys through a feminist political economy lens to show how the effectiveness of sexual violence in conflict is drawn from the exploitation of the hierarchical gender order. Sexual violence in war serves material gains, the motivations or causes of which are best understood in relation to hegemonic masculinity and the international political economy of contemporary conflicts.

Keywords:   male rape, men and boys, political economy, armed conflict, gender hierarchy

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