War and Gender

December 15, 2010

Welcome to Women, War & Peace’s podcast series with our host, Amy Costello. Each week, Amy will be talking to people who have responded creatively to the plight of women living in conflict zones.

Are all little boys meant to be warriors? Are little girls programmed to stay out of the fray? How much does our gender determine our roles in war?

This week Professor Joshua Goldstein debunks the idea that biology hardwires men for fighting wars and women for staying on the sidelines. His 2001 book War and Gender looks at the way culture has defined gender roles in times of conflict and how those roles have stuck with us throughout history.

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