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Author wants to ‘unmake’ war

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From page A4 | October 13, 2011 |

Author Kathleen Barry will present her recent book, “Unmaking War, Remaking Men: How Empathy Can Reshape Our Politics, Our Soldiers, and Ourselves,” on Saturday, Oct. 22. Her talk begins at 7:30 p.m. at The Avid Reader, 617 Second St. in downtown Davis.

Amid all of the war news that saturates our lives, this book answers the question “Is war inevitable?” with an empathic “No!” and she offers a way out.

Barry, a sociologist, shows how men are made expendable for war. She then asks what is required for men to remake themselves, to disengage from “core masculinity,” the socialized expectation of men as protectors and aggressors.

The author shows how the military’s goal to drum empathy out of new recruits invokes harm in soldiers who are trained to become remorseless killers.

Finding that state demilitarization does not decrease violence against women, Barry proposes a program for global peace-making that is based on remaking the masculinity that drives men to combat.

“With the courageous vision, scrupulous scholarship and heartfelt writing that has illumined her books on female sexual slavery, Kathleen Barry here focuses her laser-like intelligence on violence, militarism and core masculinity,” writes poet and author Robin Morgan. ” ‘Unmaking War, Remaking Men’ makes the connections that could save us all. Ignore this book at your peril.”

Barry is a professor emerita at Penn State University and is the author of five books. Her first book, “Female Sexual Slavery,” launched an international movement against human trafficking.

Her talk is sponsored by the Davis Peace Coalition. For more information, visit www.davispeace.org.

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