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The War on Women's Sexuality

From New Dehli to the war on women here, sexual freedom has sparked a global conflict. An expert explains why.

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That is very encouraging on one level, given the progress of women, but it’s also generating these concerns and we have to begin thinking how they play out in terms of men. At the same time, the resistance, the patriarchal backlash we’ve been talking about, is very, very deep in regions from North Africa to the Middle East to parts of South Asia. These challenges aren’t simply political but deeply cultural. Pushing hard in terms of women’s rights can sometimes generate that backlash, so we have to think of subtle and nuanced ways of tackling this problem.

 

Tracy Clark-Flory is a staff writer at Salon. Follow@tracyclarkflory on Twitter.

 
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