Call For Papers: Additional Commentators for a Book Symposium on Tom Digby's Love and War


The Journal of Philosophy of Emotion (JPE) is also accepting 4-5 additional commentaries for the book symposium on Dr. Digby’s book, contingent on the JPE’s anonymous peer review. If you are interested in submitting your commentaries, please do so by no later than August 1, 2020. The commentaries will be vetted by Cecilea Mun and Dr. Digby, and authors’ will be notified by August 15, 2020 as to whether their commentaries will move forward to be peer-reviewed for inclusion in the book symposium. Please also note that we are interested in a diversity of perspectives, including ones that will differ from comments that will be given by the critics in the author-meets-critics session.

An example of a similar kind of published book symposium can be found in the JPE’s inaugural issue on Rick A. Furtak’s book, Knowing Emotions ( Symposium précis and commentaries should be approximately 1,500-3,000 words in length, and we will leave the length of the author’s responses up to the author to decide. Please also note that the word limit is a guideline, and one the most important factors to ensure that the book symposium passes the peer-review process is the clarity and accuracy of its contents.

Abstract: Ideas of masculinity and femininity become sharply defined in war-reliant societies, resulting in a presumed enmity between men and women. This so-called “battle of the sexes” is intensified by the use of misogyny to encourage men and boys to conform to the demands of masculinity. These are among the insights shared in Love and War: How Militarism Shapes Sexuality and Romance, a book that describes the making and manipulation of gender in militaristic societies, and the sweeping consequences for men and women in their personal, romantic, sexual, and professional lives. Drawing on cross-cultural comparisons and examples from popular media, including sports culture, the rise of “gonzo” and “bangbus” pornography, and “internet trolls,” I describe how the hatred of women and the suppression of empathy are used to define masculinity, thereby undermining relations between women and men―sometimes even to the extent of violence. Employing diverse philosophical methodologies, I identify the cultural elements that contribute to heterosexual antagonism, such as an enduring faith in male force to solve problems, the glorification of violent men who suppress caring emotions, the devaluation of men's physical and emotional lives, an imaginary gender binary, male privilege premised on the subordination of women, and the use of misogyny to encourage masculine behavior. I track the "collateral damage" of this disabling misogyny in the lives of both men and women, but end the book on a hopeful note. The link between war and gender is gradually dissolving in many societies: war is becoming slowly de-gendered, and gender is becoming slowly de-militarized.