Beyond Mothers, Monsters, Whores
Thinking about Women's Violence in Global Politics
Distributed for Zed Books
With Beyond Mothers, Monsters, Whores, Caron Gentry and Laura Sjoberg apply the understanding afforded by that lens to individual violence in global politics. The authors begin by demonstrating the crucial interdependence of the individual and international levels of global politics in the lives of violent women—but they then show how this interdependence is inaccurately depicted, or ignored altogether, in public, political, or media discussions of women’s violence. An eye-opening exploration of a major topic in the study of global conflict and women’s lives, Beyond Mothers, Monsters, Whores will be essential for both scholars and activists.
1. Introduction: A Woman Did That?
2. Seeing Gender in Theories of People’s Political Violence
3. Seeing Women’s Extralegal Violence
4. Saving, Supporting, and Supplicating: The Mother Narrative
5. Femininity Gone Awry: The Monster Narrative
6. Sex/Violence: The Whore Narrative
7. Conclusion: Beyond Mothers, Monsters, Whores