By Ilene Feinman
In the us, the query of ladies within the armed prone has been continually and hotly debated. between feminists, essentially differing perspectives of girls within the army have built. Feminist antimilitarists let us know that militarism and patriarchy have jointly pressed girls into moment classification citizenship. in the meantime, feminist infantrymen and their advocates regard martial provider as women's correct and accountability and the price ticket to top quality citizenship.
Citizenship Rites investigates what's at stake for girls in those debates. Exploring the views of either feminist antimilitarists and feminist infantrymen, Ilene Feinman situates the present strive against controversy in the context of the ocean switch in usa politics because the 1970s-from period debates over drafting girls to fresh representations of army girls reminiscent of the movie GI Jane. Drawing on congressional testimony, complaints, feminist and antiracist political discourse, and antimilitarist activism, Feinman addresses our urgent want for an research of women's expanding inclusion within the military whereas delivering a provocative research of what this altering position skill for ladies and society alike.
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During a brief organizing hiatus I joined my family in San Diego for Thanksgiving (odd moment though it was) and on the drive down from Santa Cruz we saw Army truckloads of young men, the majority Latino,8 being transported to the bases. Even though women were centered on the news reports, the soldiers I kept seeing were men, and men of color at that. I kept teaching nonviolence preparations and organizing teach-ins about the war. Students in my classes and participants in the preparations were confused about the images of women.
My understandings of feminist antimilitarism emerged in the context of feminist, antinuclear, queer, antiracist, and environmental movements. 18 They incorporate notions first developed in the civil rights movement, and adapted to feminism, that elaborate the connections between the personal and the political. 19 Civil rights activists first developed the sense of the personal as political by bringing the work of politics directly into the community through articulating the effect of social structures on people’s daily lives.
17 I was aware, as a student of women’s histories, that the position of women as peacekeepers and peacelovers had political and moral purchase, despite its great political dangers. So, I used the image and worked its dubious magic in action. My understandings of feminist antimilitarism emerged in the context of feminist, antinuclear, queer, antiracist, and environmental movements. 18 They incorporate notions first developed in the civil rights movement, and adapted to feminism, that elaborate the connections between the personal and the political.
Citizenship Rites: Feminist Soldiers and Feminist Antimilitarists by Ilene Feinman