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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Global (April 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143064711
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143064718
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,258,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Banerji's book is not only an extraordinary take on a subject that is still considered a taboo, but it also offers a new interpretation of Indian history. Lucidity of style and clarity of thought make this book eminently readable.  -- The Telegraph

This book will place place Rita Banerji's feet firmly and solidly on the world stage. -- Worth Worth Magazine of Ideas and the Arts (U.S.A.)

She takes it on from every conceivable angle...makes excellent arguments on issues. --THE BUSINESSWORLD

A long-delayed, clear-eyed examination of what has been going on in India, and why. --INTERSECTIONS (AUSTRALIA)

She critiques what official versions tiptoe around. She is less than forgiving of Gandhi's views on sex, for example, which she exposes as confused and misguided. --TEHELKA (INDIA)

More About the Author

Rita Banerji's book "Sex and Power" was longlisted for Crossword-Vodaphone Non-fiction award. In 2009 it was No.1 on Crossword Bookstore's Best-sellers list. Banerji also received the Apex Award for Magazine and Journal Writing (U.S.A.), in 2009. Rita Banerji was born and raised in India and has studied and lived in the United States for many years. Her writings and photography have been published in magazines and newspapers in the US,India, U.K., Nepal and Hong Kong. Some of the publications include The New Orleans Review, The London Magazine, India Today and Review-Asia. For more on Rita Banerji and her writings visit her website at www.ritabanerji.com

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By FrizzText on May 15, 2013
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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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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Neil Pharr on September 9, 2010
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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.)
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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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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gayle Kimball on August 11, 2010
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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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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lars-Gunnar on September 12, 2010
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Sex and Power: Defining History, Shaping Societies

A interesting and great written book.
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