Feminism and War by Robin Lee Riley, Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Minnie Bruce Pratt

By Robin Lee Riley, Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Minnie Bruce Pratt

Girls - either inside and with out the USA - are being dramatically laid low with conflict as at present waged by way of that kingdom. yet there was little public house for discussion concerning the advanced dating among feminism, ladies, and U.S. battle. The editors have introduced jointly a various set of students and activists who study the questions raised by means of ongoing U.S. army tasks. those theorists and organizers advance an anti-racist, feminist politics that brings to the foreground an research either one of imperialist energy and types of resistance to it.  The questions they increase contain: what are the consequences of an imperial kingdom kingdom laying declare to women's liberation and did U.S. intervention and invasion in reality bring about liberation for girls in Afghanistan and Iraq?

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The Iraq war of 2002 was initiated by a Texas ‘cowboy’ – President George W. Bush – with no military record to speak of, while women at home in the USA face a refeminization – be it liposuction or a remake of The Stepford Wives – in their everyday lives. In 2005, the film Brokeback Mountain, about a relationship between two actual cowboys, was a hit. Now even cowboys can be gay. The gender confusion is real. Global capitalism requires a rearticulation and regendering of patri­ archy. This involves a use of class differentiation among women to affirm masculinist privilege across class lines.

It may be far more important to emphasize feminist methodologies than the abstractions that count as the objects of feminism. The importance of this approach is suggested by the history of feminisms in the twentieth century – a history that consisted largely of contestations over who gets to represent the abstrac­ tion ‘women’ and particularly the raced and classed character of those representations. When I refer to feminist methodologies, I include both scholarship and organizing – in other words, methodologies for interdisciplinary analysis, and also methodologies for building movements.

The mistaken assumption that the mere existence of visual evidence of war atrocities elicited the anti-war sentiment that ended the Vietnam 22 23 A vocabulary for feminist praxis War leads people to ask today why a similar response was not generated by the images of the war in Iraq. It is true that the embeddedness of war journalism has restricted what we see and hear and read about Iraq. Yet we have seen horrendous images of torture. There were the accidental images of torture in the Abu Ghraib prison that were never meant to be publicly released.

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