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Marsha Henry

In: The SAGE Handbook of Feminist Theory

Part 5: War, Violence and Militarization

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War, Violence and Militarization
War, violence and militarization
MarshaHenry
Introduction

The fact that women and men are equally – albeit differently – affected by organized violence must be highlighted, and the complex, multi-faceted and ambivalent roles played by women and men during times of war and peace must be engaged with to avoid the perpetuation of incomplete understandings. (Hudson, 2005: 162)

Issues of war, violence and militarization dominate contemporary mediascapes, and yet it is that men and women experience these in distinctive ways that are often obscured or, conversely, overemphasized in much popular culture. How discourses of violence and war play out on the bodies of male and female subjects has been the concern of feminist scholars interested in asking critical gender questions such as ‘where are the women?’ ...

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