Amazons of the Huk Rebellion: Gender, Sex, and Revolution in the Philippines

TitleAmazons of the Huk Rebellion: Gender, Sex, and Revolution in the Philippines
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsLanzona, Vina A.
Number of Pages370
PublisherUniversity of Wisconsin Press
CityMadison
Abstract

Labeled "Amazons" by the national press, women played a central role in the Huk rebellion, one of the most significant peasant-based revolutions in modern Philippine history. As spies, organizers, nurses, couriers, soldiers, and even military commanders, women worked closely with men to resist first Japanese occupation and later, after World War II, to challenge the new Philippine republic. But in the midst of the uncertainty and violence of rebellion, these women also pursued personal lives, falling in love, becoming pregnant, and raising families, often with their male comrades-in-arms. Drawing on interviews with over one hundred veterans of the movement, the author explores the Huk rebellion from the intimate and collective experiences of its female participants, demonstrating how their presence, and the complex questions of gender, family, and sexuality they provoked, ultimately shaped the nature of the revolutionary struggle. 

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