Frontline Feminisms: Women, War, and Resistance by Marguerite Waller, Jennifer Rycenga

By Marguerite Waller, Jennifer Rycenga

Worldwide, ladies have lengthy been at the frontlines, protesting struggle and armed forces forces. The essays during this assortment, from either students and activists, discover the reviews of neighborhood women's teams that experience built to struggle conflict, militarization, political domination, and patriarchy during the global. The writings during this assortment hide quite a number genres from memoir and ancient money owed to severe essays. What holds the writings jointly is an urgency to mirror on and research women's activism at the frontiers - from Palestine, Sudan, Iran, Kosovo and rural India to Serbia, Croatia, Okinawa, Israel, U.S. prisons, and the racialized American South.

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Bringing together, from across the world, the live voices and perspectives of women who were engaged in forging new feminisms in the context of militarized situations was both a logistical challenge and an exhilarating experience. So many people contributed to the success of that initial event that we cannot begin to name them all. They include colleagues of the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, a dedicated group of staff, and a legion of graduate and undergraduate students who volunteered countless hours of their time and energy.

They need a housing deputy, not a security deputy’ (Miller 1996, 97). In her campaign for gender equality, Miller also criticized security practices for the unequal allocation of weapons: Arsenals in mens’ [sic] prisons are large rooms with shelves of shot-guns, rifles, hand guns, ammunition, gas canisters, and riot equipment…. Huron Valley Women’s arsenal was a small, five feet by two feet closet that held two rifles, eight shotguns, two bull horns, five hand guns, four gas canisters, and twenty sets of restraints (Miller 1996, 97–98).

Women’s imprisonment, both in Great Britain and in the United States, has traditionally been characterized by its invisibility, its domesticity, and its infantalisation (Carlen 1983, 18). In Scotland, the inhabitants of Cornton Vale are largely workingclass white women and, as Carlen points out, the intersection of public and private axes of domination is very much classdetermined. While Carlen’s study does not put into the foreground the influence of race—which is no less important to an understanding of white women’s imprisonment than of the 6 FRONTLINE FEMINISMS imprisonment of women of color—it should be pointed out that throughout the urban areas of Europe and the United States, a vastly disproportionate number of women prisoners come from racially marginalized communities.

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