The 'Double-Battle': Women Combatants and Their Embodied Experiences in War Zones

TitleThe 'Double-Battle': Women Combatants and Their Embodied Experiences in War Zones
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsHarel-Shalev, Ayelet
JournalCritical Studies on Terrorism
Start Page312
Date Published05/2016

Our study contributes to the ongoing debate about women in combat by exploring women combatants’ experiences of war through interviews with women soldiers in the Israel Defense Forces who served as combatants or in combat-support roles in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. We proffer that the bodily experiences of women combatants disturb conventional international relations and hegemonic masculine war metanarratives that either abstract or glorify combat. These otherwise silenced narratives reveal juxtapositions of feelings of competence and vulnerability and shed light on the women’s struggle for gender integration in the military. We conclude the article with a reflection on the challenges facing researchers investigating war and terrorism.

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