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Sex and Power [Format Kindle]

Rita Banerji

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‘Sex underlies human existence, and if human life is sacred, how can sex not be?’
As squeamish as India is today about sex, this is also the land where queens once copulated with head horses at religious ceremonies, where the art of love-making was declared the revelation of the gods and recorded in elaborate detail in the kama sutras and prostitution was a form of sacred offering at temples adorned with erotic sculptures.
Using India as a paradigm, Rita Banerji illustrates that sexual morality is not an absolute but a facet of living that undergoes periodic upheavals. She delineates four major periods in Indian history when there were significant shifts in the collective social perception of sex and sexuality, and the associated customs and beliefs. What causes this revision in sexual ethos? To explain this, Sex and Power proposes a modified version of Nietzsche’s slave versus master morality theory. The theory, which is tested against the dynamics of each of the four defined periods, establishes that the moral overview of any given period is determined not by a set of pre-existing ethics but by the existent power structure of the period in question.
The accepted moral code actually serves the party in power. How would this theory play out in the context of India today? Banerji examines this question at length as one of extreme urgency, and concludes that the three most burning issues facing the country today—population explosion, AIDS and female genocide—are the manifestations of a collective sexual malfunctioning of society and need to be redressed in the context of an existent social and economic power hierarchy.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 417 pages
  • Editeur : Penguin (14 novembre 2008)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00C0S01FY
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 First female philosopher from India 15 mai 2013
Par FrizzText - Publié sur
When I wrote about the female philosopher Hannah Arendt (her term: the banality of evil - actually a biographical movie starts in the US-cinemas) the readers of my blog flickrcomments on wordpress asked: "Why are there so few female philosophers in the world?" I replied: "Women might forgive too quickly. Henry David Thoreau once said, the most important thing is consistency and sincerity." And kindly Rita Banerji herself joined the dispute and commented: "I think it may be something like cooking and why most men are chefs. More women than men cook. But when a man wears a hat and calls it a profession, he's called a cook! I think women by nature tend to philosophize more about everything. Men go to war. Women talk peace. That is philosophy..." I have to add: Rita Banerji IS a female philosopher. Let her talk in the United Nations about her project, to change the disregard vs. women in India (and other countries)!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Sex and Power opens the eyes to plight of women 9 septembre 2010
Par Neil Pharr - Publié sur
As a non-Indian guy for the USA, I am totally amazed at the depth and profound treatment this subject that can only be called the genocide of women in India. I feel like I live in 1938 and just got the bad news from Nazi Germany on the plight of the Jews. Women are more that a sect or a caste or a group to be exploited. Women deserve the same social equality as men! Women are as human as men. As a man living in a society historically dominanted by men - it feels like women are more human than my gender! I am modivated and inspired by Rita Banerji's brillant treatment of the subject of the exploitation of women. I love this book.
(Neil Pharr, Microbiologist, Atlanta, USA.)
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Exceptionally interesting 28 février 2014
Par Trista Hendren - Publié sur
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An exceptionally interesting read with critical implications for women in India and throughout the world. My husband kept peaking over my shoulder while I read and is anxious to get started on the book himself. This book was very well written and obviously carefully researched. Highly recommended.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Care about the global future? Read this book! 11 août 2010
Par Gayle Kimball - Publié sur
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Exactly what I want in a social science book: well-documented, well-written without cumbersome academic jargon, specific examples to illustrate interesting theoretical explanations. India is a BRIC nation, one of the rising economic superpowers, so we need to understand if it will move in a conservative patriarchal direction practiced by the 80 percent who live in villages or the dedication to equality of some of the educated elite who live in urban areas. The three catastrophic issues facing India in this century are population explosion, the AIDS epidemic and female genocide--all are sex related. India may overtake China as the most populous nation before 2030 and over half are under 22, childbearing age.
Scholar Rita Banerji analyzes this important question in terms of the horrifying treatment of women, which she proves fits the definition of genocide: abortion of girls, female infanticide, child brides, dowry murders, honor killings, and neglect of girls' health and education since they will join another family when they marry. She reviews the "yo-yo" history of religion in India from celebrating sexuality to abhorring it to find a precedent for picking equality and a healthy acknowledgement of human sexuality--Tantra was based on equality and balance between female and male, Shakti and Shiva. Her campaign to bring female genocide to public outcry is explained at [...], including a petition to sign. If you're interested in Indian religion, attitudes towards women and sexuality, and future, you'll learn a lot from reading Sex and Power, a very powerful and important book.Gayle Kimball, Ph.D.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Sex and Power: Defining History, Shaping Societies 12 septembre 2010
Par Lars-Gunnar - Publié sur
Sex and Power: Defining History, Shaping Societies

A interesting and great written book.
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