Posts Tagged War

What makes a “good” man?

Amy Ernst is a young American woman who is working in Congo, with an organization that supports survivors of rape. Rape is commonplace in Congo, and in addition to its emotional and physical impacts on survivors, it creates a ripple effect of stigmatization, isolation and poverty. This is what makes it such an effective weapon of war. Ernst, guest blogging at Nicholas Kristof’s blog “On the Ground,” writes about husbands whose choose not to abandon their wives when their wives are raped:

Due to social stigma and, in many cases, pregnancy, it’s common for men in North Kivu to leave their families if their wives are raped. But there are also men like Paluku. Paluku encouraged Hangie to go to ...

Amy Ernst is a young American woman who is working in Congo, with an organization that supports survivors of rape. Rape is commonplace in Congo, and in addition to its emotional and physical impacts on survivors, it ...

Pentagon to Reveal Plan to Repeal DADT

Obama made brief mention at the SOTU on Wednesday that he will be taking steps to repeal ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,’ and it appears that the Pentagon will be unveiling the steps they plan on taking to abolish a grossly homophobic and frankly inhumane policy.

Gates and Mullen are not expected to offer a specific legislative proposal to repeal the law, but rather to detail some of the preliminary steps that need to be taken inside the military in advance of formulating a legislative plan.
Gates will discuss options for more “humanely” implementing the current ban, for example, according to a senior Pentagon official. The secretary asked his general counsel’s office for options six months ago including how to ...

Obama made brief mention at the SOTU on Wednesday that he will be taking steps to repeal ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,’ and it appears that the Pentagon will be unveiling the steps they plan on taking ...

Thank You Thursdays: Howard Zinn


“There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people.”

The authors of history, as we know all too well within the feminist movement, have inordinate power to frame the way people think about, not only the past, but their present. When one talks about the founding of the U.S. only in terms of a glorious new beginning, one erases the centuries of life that had already taken root on this soil. When one invisbilizes women’s work, women’s experiences, women’s leadership, one robs the current generation of understanding their own legacy of strength and innovation in spite of the most oppressive odds.
Howard Zinn, one of history’s most radical and thoughtful scribes, passed away yesterday ...


“There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people.”

The authors of history, as we know all too well within the feminist movement, have inordinate power to frame the way people ...

USO sends female soldiers make up, Cosmo


Jill Biden and Rep. Nancy Pelosi fill care packages for female soldiers with things like make up and Cosmopolitan magazine.

Okay.  Really?

[T]here is the Maybelline mascara, and the lipstick in light pink and burgundy. Mineral makeup. Tampons. A Lady Speed Stick. A botanical facial bar. Eye masks.

Also, a copy of Cosmopolitan magazine with headlines like “8 Things Guys Notice Instantly,” “Hot New Party Dresses” and “Mind Tricks That Melt Pounds.”

And a camouflage makeup bag.

A pink one.


Jill Biden and Rep. Nancy Pelosi fill care packages for female soldiers with things like make up and Cosmopolitan magazine.

Okay.  Really?

[T]here is the Maybelline mascara, and the lipstick in light pink and burgundy. Mineral makeup. ...

Not Oprah’s Book Club: The Good Soldiers

Pulitzer Prize-winner David Finkel has written a truly heart breaking book about the war that just won’t end in Iraq. In The Good Soldiers, he follows the 2-16, a battalion of army infantry soldiers nicknamed the Rangers, as they head into “the surge” in January of 2007. He follows them as they say goodbye to their girlfriends and two-year-olds, as they arrive at the base and face the football field-sized trash pit that surrounds them (especially disconcerting in a war where IEDs are so rampant), as they grow anxious and bored, as they get injured and killed, as the lucky ones return home. The Good Soldiers is truly in a class with Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried, a ...

Pulitzer Prize-winner David Finkel has written a truly heart breaking book about the war that just won’t end in Iraq. In The Good Soldiers, he follows the 2-16, a battalion of army infantry soldiers nicknamed the ...

UN report recognizes transgender people, freaks out binary gender defenders

The UN recently released a report on “Protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism” by Special Rapporteur Martin Scheinin that focuses on gender. The report (which can be accessed in pdf form here) is mostly about human rights abuses experienced by “women,” by which it seems the author means cis women. However, it takes a broad approach to gender, looking at intersections of race, religion, sexual orientation, and gender identity:

Gender is not synonymous with women but rather encompasses the social constructions that underlie how women’s and men’s roles, functions and responsibilities, including in relation to sexual orientation and gender identity, are defined and understood. This report will therefore identify the gendered impact of counter-terrorism measures both ...

The UN recently released a report on “Protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism” by Special Rapporteur Martin Scheinin that focuses on gender. The report (which can be accessed in pdf form here) ...

What About Our Military Mothers?

Lately I have been mulling over military moms who, upon notification of deployment, scramble to find childcare for their children. I can’t help but wring my hands and ask: where are all the fathers? And I am not talking marriage here or even money. I am talking about mutual parental involvement. Women are expected to step up when their husbands go off to war. We should expect the same of men whose wives are deployed.

My heart goes out to army moms, women who are practically invisible in war coverage. This piece stumbles on so many kernels of truth about the societal discrimination women face. For me, this narrative is particularly revealing:

Sergeant McFadden, who holds only an associate’s degree, wanted ...

Lately I have been mulling over military moms who, upon notification of deployment, scramble to find childcare for their children. I can’t help but wring my hands and ask: where are all the fathers? And I ...
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