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

Ladies - either inside of and with no the U.S. - are being dramatically tormented by conflict as presently waged via that kingdom. yet there was little public area for discussion in regards to the advanced courting 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 way of ongoing U.S. army projects. those theorists and organizers increase an anti-racist, feminist politics that brings to the foreground an research either one of imperialist energy and different types of resistance to it.  The questions they increase comprise: what are the results of an imperial kingdom country laying declare to women's liberation and did U.S. intervention and invasion actually lead to liberation for ladies in Afghanistan and Iraq?

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This means that the practices of gender will change even though the authorized essentialized views of femininity and manliness can remain static. War institutionalizes sexual differentiation while also undermining it. War demands opposition, differentiation, and the othering of peoples. The privileging of masculinity underscores all other processes of differentiation. War is a process by which masculinity is both produced and reproduced. The heroic warrior is the standard (Hooper 2001: 76, 95).

These feminist methodologies impel us to explore connections that are not always apparent. They enable us to inhabit contradictions and to discover what is productive about those contradictions. These are methods of thought and action that urge us to think things together that appear to be en­ tirely separate and to disaggregate things that seem to naturally belong together. Feminist scholar/activists present at the 2006 ‘Feminism and War’ conference – Zillah Eisenstein, Cynthia Enloe, Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Minnie Bruce Pratt, and Jasbir Puar, for example – have given us conceptual tools that are applicable both to research and to organizing practices.

He does so despite the publicity surrounding Mukhtar Mai, who was raped – as an act of honor revenge – on the orders of a village jurga in 2002; and the threats against Shazia Khalid’s life after she went public about her rape (Masood 2004: A3). Pakistani feminists were outraged and demonstrated in the streets to make their counter-statement. Rape as war in another form also exists much closer to home in the USA. Dozens of servicewomen in the Persian Gulf area have claimed sexual assaults and rape by their fellow troops.

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