The Resource Women as weapons of war : Iraq, sex, and the media, Kelly Oliver

Women as weapons of war : Iraq, sex, and the media, Kelly Oliver

Label
Women as weapons of war : Iraq, sex, and the media
Title
Women as weapons of war
Title remainder
Iraq, sex, and the media
Statement of responsibility
Kelly Oliver
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"From the female soldiers involved in Abu Ghraib to Palestinian women suicide bombers, women and their bodies have become powerful weapons in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. In Women as Weapons of War, Kelly Oliver reveals how the media arid the administration frequently use metaphors of weaponry to describe women and female sexuality and forge a deliberate link between notions of vulnerability and images of violence. Focusing specifically on the U.S. campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq, Oliver analyzes contemporary discourse surrounding women, sex, and gender and the use of women to justify America's decision to go to war. For example, the administration's call to liberate "women of cover," suggesting a woman's right to bare [sic] arms is a sign of freedom and progress." "Oliver also considers what forms of cultural meaning, or lack of meaning, could cause both the guiltlessness demonstrated by female soldiers at Abu Ghraib and the profound commitment to death made by suicide bombers. She examines the pleasure taken in violence and the passion for death exhibited by these women and what kind of contexts created them. In conclusion, Oliver diagnoses our cultural fascination with sex, violence, and death and its relationship with live news coverage and embedded reporting, which naturalizes horrific events and stymies critical reflection. This process, she argues, further compromises the borders between fantasy and reality, fueling a kind of paranoid patriotism that results in extreme forms of violence."--Jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1958-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Oliver, Kelly
Index
index present
LC call number
U21.75
LC item number
.O43 2007
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Women and the military
  • Iraq War, 2003-2011
  • Feminist theory
  • Women and war
Label
Women as weapons of war : Iraq, sex, and the media, Kelly Oliver
Link
http://catdir.loc.gov/catdir/toc/ecip0722/2007027467.html
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [185]-193) and index
Contents
Sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll -- Women : the secret weapon of modern warfare? -- Sexual freedom as global freedom? -- Perpetual war, real live coverage! -- Innocence, vulnerability, and violence -- Witnessing ethics again
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xii, 208 p.
Isbn
9780231512459
Isbn Type
(ebook)
Lccn
2007027467
System control number
  • 2939022-01okla_normanlaw
  • (SIRSI)2939022
  • (Sirsi) o153773348
  • (OCoLC)153773348
Label
Women as weapons of war : Iraq, sex, and the media, Kelly Oliver
Link
http://catdir.loc.gov/catdir/toc/ecip0722/2007027467.html
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [185]-193) and index
Contents
Sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll -- Women : the secret weapon of modern warfare? -- Sexual freedom as global freedom? -- Perpetual war, real live coverage! -- Innocence, vulnerability, and violence -- Witnessing ethics again
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xii, 208 p.
Isbn
9780231512459
Isbn Type
(ebook)
Lccn
2007027467
System control number
  • 2939022-01okla_normanlaw
  • (SIRSI)2939022
  • (Sirsi) o153773348
  • (OCoLC)153773348

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