Tag Archives: War

Reactions to Bin Laden’s death by gender

Tweet“Throughout human history, war has been seen as a gendered activity, one that separates men and women into more sharply defined roles than almost any other undertaking.” – quoted from materials for “In the War Zone: How Does Gender Matter?”, a 2005 conference at Harvard University Where were you when you found out about the [...]
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What do you mean when you say justice?

TweetI do not know how bad a life has to break in order to kill. I’ve never been so hungry that i willed hunger, Never so angry as to want a gun over a pen. -Suheir Hammad, First Writing Since I realized something Sunday night when the news of Osama bin Laden’s assassination broke and [...]
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What I Will by Suheir Hammad

TweetThis poem spread among my friends on Facebook yesterday. These are the words I needed following the celebration of Osama bin Laden’s assassination in the midst of endless war. Suheir Hammad is a Palestinian-American poet and acivist. She was born to refugees in Jordan and immigrated to Brooklyn. “What I Will” was written in response [...]
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Women: anti-war softies or pro-war nags?

TweetRobert Dreyfuss has an ill-advised piece at The Nation in which he tries to pin US intervention in Libya on the gender of Obama’s advisors – namely that three women pushed for military action: We’d like to think that women in power would somehow be less pro-war, but in the Obama administration at least it [...]
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Iraqi women get increasingly less power

TweetRemember how the Bush’s administration used women’s rights as an emotional appeal when selling the Iraq War to us back in the day? During the 2004 Republican National Convention, Bush claimed that with the “use of American power” in Afghanistan and Iraq, “young women across the Middle East will hear the message that their day [...]
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