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Mothers, Monsters, Whores


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Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgements
  • 1. Introduction: A Woman Did That?
  • 2. Narratives of Mothers, Monsters and Whores
  • 3. Triple Transgressions at Abu Ghraib
  • 4. Black Widows in Chechnya
  • 5. Dying for Sex and Love in the Middle East
  • 6. Gendered Perpetrators of Genocide
  • 7. Gendering People's Violence
  • 8. Conclusion: Let us Now See 'Bad' Women
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index

About the Author

Laura Sjoberg is Assistant Professor at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. Her first book Gender, Justice and the Wars in Iraq was published in 2006. She has published articles on just war theory in the International Journal of Feminist Politics, International Politics and International Studies Quarterly. Her research focuses on gender, just war theory, international security and international ethics. Caron Gentry is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas. Her previous work has been published in the journal Terrorism and Political Violence. Her research interests are gender, terrorism and political violence.


'It's fascinating to see some myths bite the dust. Sjoberg and Gentry shake down the women-as-mostly-nonviolent-victims-of-men's-wars myth with accounts of women war enthusiasts and perpetrators. More, they show how women's violent activities can exhibit agency in international relations rather than pathology. Everyone will want to read this' Christine Sylvester, Professor of International Relations and Development, Lancaster University 'Reading Mothers, Monsters, Whores underscores the urgency for us all to come to grips with the reality of women wielding militarized violence. Sjoberg and Gentry reveal graphically the way we construct media images that prop up patriarchal ways of explaining the world' Cynthia Enloe, Clark University, author of Globalization and Militarism: Feminists Make the Link 'An important contribution to writings on war and gender.' Peace News

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