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At no point in recorded history has there been an absence of intense, and heated, discussion about the subject of how to conduct relations between women and men. This Handbook provides a comprehensive guide to these omnipresent issues and debates, mapping the present and future of thinking about feminist theory.
The chapters gathered here present the state of the art in scholarship in the field, covering: Epistemology and marginality; Literary, visual and cultural representations; Sexuality; Macro and microeconomics of gender; Conflict and peace.
The most important consensus in this volume is that a central organizing tenet of feminism is its willingness to examine the ways in which gender and relations between women and men have been (and are) organized. The authors bring a shared commitment to the ...
Chapter 31: Female Combatants, Feminism and Just War
Female Combatants, Feminism and Just War
‘The fairest woman in the world was Helen, the daughter of Zeus and Leda … such was the report of her beauty that not a young prince in Greece but wanted to marry her’ (Hamilton, 1940: 181). So starts the story of the Trojan War in Edith Hamilton's famed summary of ancient Greek mythology. All of Helen's suitors had taken an oath to protect whoever was chosen as her husband, and her father chose Menelaus, who then became King of Sparta as a result of the marriage (1940: 141). Though most suitors respected this oath, Paris, after having reached a deal with the Goddess Athena for the fairest woman of all, took Helen from ...