Wars Against Women: Sexual Violence, Sexual Politics and the Militarised State

TitleWars Against Women: Sexual Violence, Sexual Politics and the Militarised State
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2000
AuthorsKelly, Liz
EditorJacobs, Susie M., Ruth Jacobson, and Jen Marchbank
Book TitleStates of Conflict: Gender, Violence, and Resistance
Pagination45-65
PublisherZed Books
CityLondon ; New York
Abstract

This short reflection encapsulates the core theme of this chapter: that sexual violence as a deliberate strategy in war and political repression by the state is connected in a range of ways to sexual violence in all other context. Sexual violence is one of the most extreme and effective forms of patriarchal control, which simultaneously damages and constrains women’s lives and prompts individual and collective resistance among women. In exploring these connections the conventional distinctions in political theory between ‘public’ and ‘private’, ‘war’ and ‘peace’ become problematic.
The ‘invisible’ war has been variously named a ‘shadow war’ or, in the early days of second-wave feminism, simply ‘the sex war’; one question this chapter poses is whether the use by feminists of the word ‘war’ with respect to gender relations should be understood as a powerful metaphor or as an accurate naming of a historical reality. [Adapted from chapter]

Translated TitleWars Against Women
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