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The Hillary DoctrineSex and American Foreign Policy$
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Valerie Hudson and Patricia Leidl

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231164924

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231164924.001.0001

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Should Sex Matter in U.S. Foreign Policy?

Should Sex Matter in U.S. Foreign Policy?

(p.67) 2 Should Sex Matter in U.S. Foreign Policy?
The Hillary Doctrine

Valerie M. Hudson

Patricia Leidl

Columbia University Press

This chapter assesses the premise of the Hillary Doctrine, which states that the situation, security, and status of women within a nation affect that nation's security, stability, and prosperity. Democratization cannot be meaningfully attempted without the simultaneous advancement of women's human rights, including the right to physical security. Societies established on a foundation of female subordination simultaneously promote the normalization of violence as a means of dispute resolution. Individual men who participate in group-sanctioned, violent coercion of women are more likely to become fighters willing to use force to obtain political ends, setting the stage for a type of parasitical governance based on the extortion and redistribution of rents—goods and services obtained without recompense. Thus, the subjugation of women not only results in the corruption of meaningful democracy; it also undermines any attempt to establish an economic system in which all people enjoy an equitable share of the nation's wealth.

Keywords:   Hillary Doctrine, democratization, women's human rights, female subordination, parasitical governance

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