Sexual violence against men is an under-theorised and under-noticed topic, though it is becoming increasingly apparent that this form of violence is widespread. Yet despite emerging evidence documenting its incidence, especially in conflict and post-conflict zones, efforts to understand its causes and develop strategies to reduce it are hampered by a dearth of theoretical engagement. One of the reasons that might explain its empirical invisibility and theoretical vacuity is its complicated relationship with sexual violence against women. The latter is evident empirically, theoretically, and politically, but the relationship between these violences conjures a range of complex and controversial questions about the ways they might be different, and why and how these differences matter.

It is the case that sexual violence (when noticed at all) has historically been understood to happen largely, if not only, to women, allegedly because of their gender and their ensuing place in gender orders. This begs important questions regarding the impact of increasing knowledge about sexual violence against men, including the impact on resources, on understandings about, and experiences of masculinity, and whether the idea and practice of gender hierarchy is outdated. This book engages this diverse set of questions and offers fresh analysis on the incidences of sexual violence against men using both new and existing data. Additionally, the authors pay close attention to some of the controversial debates in the context of sexual violence against men, revisiting and asking new questions about the vexed issue of masculinities and related theories of gender hierarchy.

The book will be of great interest to students and scholars of sex, gender, masculinities, corporeality, violence, and global politics, as well as to practitioners and activists.

chapter |19 pages


Sexual violence against men in global politics
ByMarysia Zalewski, Paula Drumond, Elisabeth Prügl, Maria Stern

chapter |3 pages

‘Tribulations’ 1

ByNziza Harouna D. Nzisabira

part I|94 pages


part |18 pages


chapter |3 pages

Reflections on sexual violence against men and boys in global politics 1

ByPaul Higate, Nivi Manchanda

chapter |4 pages

Homo interruptus

ByPaul Kirby

chapter |3 pages

Can our intellectual curiosity on gender cause harm?

ByMadeleine Rees

chapter |3 pages

Gender, sex, and sexual violence against men

ByLaura J. Shepherd

chapter |3 pages

Not for the faint of heart

Reflections on rape, gender, and conflict
ByLara Stemple

part II|102 pages


chapter 8|15 pages

Sex, violence, and heteronormativity

Revisiting performances of sexual violence against men in former Yugoslavia
ByPaula Drumond

chapter 10|14 pages

Masculine subjectivities in United Nations discourse on gender violence (1970–2015)

Absent actors, deviant perpetrators, allies, and victims
ByGizeh Becerra

chapter 11|13 pages

Sexual violence or torture?

The framing of sexual violence against men in armed conflict in Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch reports
ByThomas Charman

chapter 12|26 pages

Conflict-related male sexual violence and the international criminal jurisprudence

ByPatricia Viseur Sellers, Leo C. Nwoye

part |19 pages


chapter |4 pages

Familiar stories, the policing of knowledge, and other challenges ahead

ByMaria Eriksson Baaz

chapter |3 pages

Reflections on the slippery politics of framing

ByHarriet Gray

chapter |3 pages

Male victims

A blind spot in law
ByCharu Lata Hogg

chapter |2 pages

Sexual violence against men and boys in the Congo

ByIlot Muthaka

chapter |2 pages

‘People You May Know’ 1

ByKevin Kantor