Oct. 13, 2022

The Oldest Tyranny

The Oldest Tyranny

Despite great social diversity across the planet, it is an observable fact that males subordinates females across almost all human cultures. Elle speaks with securities scholar Dr. Valerie Hudson about how this ancient sexual order came to be, the role m...


Despite great social diversity across the planet, it is an observable fact that males subordinates females across almost all human cultures. Elle speaks with securities scholar Dr. Valerie Hudson about how this ancient sexual order came to be, the role male violence has played and continue to play, and how the persistent and systematic subordination of women by men shape the wider political order and what implications it has for global security and development.

Dr. Hudson relies on vast data-collection done by teams of global researchers at WomenStats database, which she created to track and analyze the status of women across the world, and in her new book The First Political Order, she masterfully joins the treatment and status of women with questions of politics and peace, and the fates of nations. 

 

Credits

Host: Elle Kamihira

Produced by Elle Kamihira

Audio Engineering by Jason Sheesley at Abridged Audio

Cover Art by Bee Johnson

Music by Beware of Darkness

Dr. Valerie Hudson Profile Photo

Dr. Valerie Hudson

International Securities Scholar

Dr. Valerie Hudson is an expert on international security and foreign policy analysis as well as gender and security and directs the Bush School’s Program on Women, Peace, and Security.

In 2009, Foreign Policy named her one of the top 100 Most Influential Global Thinkers. She is the author of Bare Branches: Security Implications of Asia’s Surplus Male Population, Sex and World Peace, The Hillary Doctrine: Sex and American Foreign Policy, and her most recent book is The First Political Order: How Sex Shapes Governance and National Security Worldwide.

Dr. Hudson created the groundbreaking nation-by-nation database on women, the WomanStats Database (http://www.womanstats.org/). Using this data, Hudson and her co-principal investigators from the WomanStats Project have published a wide variety of empirical work linking the security of women to the security of states.