Mothers, Monsters, Whores: Women's Violence in Global Politics

TitleMothers, Monsters, Whores: Women's Violence in Global Politics
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsSjoberg, Laura, and Caron E. Gentry
Number of Pages232
PublisherZed Books

This book provides an empirical study of women's violence in global politics. The book looks at military women who engage in torture; the Chechen 'Black Widows'; Middle Eastern suicide bombers; and the women who directed and participated in genocides in Bosnia and Rwanda. Sjoberg and Gentry analyze the biological, psychological and sexualized stereotypes through which these women are conventionally depicted, arguing that these are rooted in assumptions about what is "appropriate" female behavior.What these stereotypes have in common is that they all perceive women as having no agency in any sphere of life.

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