'For Zillah Eisenstein politics is like the air we breathe and the ideas we live - always deserving our deepest attention. In Sexual Decoys once again, Eisenstein brilliantly draws us into the profoundly complex gendered politics of war, mobilizing startling constructs like sexual decoys, patriarchal imperialism, neoliberal feminism, and racialized fascist democracy to sharpen our analytic feminist lenses and demystify war cultures. A smart, challenging book for everyone concerned with what it means to live ethically and accountably in the USA of the present.'
Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Syracuse University
'In Sexual Decoys, Eisenstein has written a passionate and exhaustively detailed indictment of the anti-woman crimes of USA imperialist aggression. In particular, her work calls on women within the USA to resist the claim of "protection of women" by a capitalist system intent on exploiting and degrading women and sexually oppressed minorities throughout the world.'
Minnie Bruce Pratt, Poet-activist
'Zillah Eisenstein's Sexual Decoys is an incisive critique of the right-wing mobilization of gender and race for imperial designs. The book insightfully illuminates the contradictions of war waged in the name of spreading democracy. Asking whether terrorism is the new version of the old communist menace, Eisenstein contextualizes current militarization policies, and boldly exposes their noxious fallout for democracy.'
Ella Shohat, New York University
'Zillah Eisenstein's latest feminist text is a provocative, insightful reading of the gendered and racialized complexities of the wars in Afganistan and Iraq and the ways in which the metaphor of "sexual and racial decoys" can be deployed to illuminate contemporary US government machinations here and around the globe. Very little escapes Eisenstein's critical gaze: the Bush administration, Laura Bush, Condi Rice, Hillary Clinton, Katrina, Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, neoliberal/imperial feminism, diversity in the academy. Sexual Decoys is sure to be controversial because of its biting critiques of both conservatives and liberals.'
Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Spelman College
'Zillah Eisenstein has won deserved praise for her trenchant indictments of gender and political issues. Her latest book tackles both of these topics head-on.'
The New Statesman
'Raises provocative questions ... Smart and witty, sobering yet uplifting, this book is essential reading for all of us committed to social justice.'
'...reveals a wonderful and passionate account of US imperialist exploitation of gender and race for its own political and military purposes at home and across the globe.'
Patricia d'Ardenne, Chartist
'A vivid, comprehensive, and compelling account of the day-to-day efforts of women peace-builders and leaves the reader enlightened and enriched.'
Gender and Development