Masculinity As A Foreign Policy

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Cynthia Enloe’s concepts in Masculinity as a Foreign Policy Issue highlight a deeper problem reflecting the systematic separation of sexes and its’ impact on international affairs. Enloe claims that “Stalling progress towards bringing feminist analyses into foreign policy decision-making processes has been the conventionally naïve belief that international affairs – trade, immigration, high tech weapons dales – have nothing to do with gender. They do.” Feminist movement in 70’s and 80’s have had a profound impact on formulating final decisions regarding our involvement in wars in Southeast Asia for instance, so deeming international affairs as gender exclusive is a conscious choice which is only hindering peace prospects on global scale. Limiting women from projecting their point of view in final decision-making regarding international peace is preventing almost half of states population aspirations in a collective say. This logical reasoning is nothing new to both men and women alike, yet the troubling stance arises form the fact that women continue to fight for “their” equality. Women should have an equal say in all socio-political matters and it shouldn’t have to go as far as declaring to fight for their rights. Feminism is simply demanding what should have been a societal norm to begin with; equality for both sexes and inclusion in all life matters. The inclusion is important to international peace, as Enloe repeatedly emphasizes, because socially unstable states where
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