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Soc. Sci. 2018, 7(10), 182; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci7100182

Feminists against Sexual Violence in War: The Question of Perpetrators and Victims Revisited

Department of Social Sciences, Cass School of Education and Communities, University of East London, London E16 2RD, UK
Received: 26 June 2018 / Revised: 10 September 2018 / Accepted: 26 September 2018 / Published: 30 September 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Feminisms: Forwards, Backwards and Something in Between)
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This article reflects upon feminist activism and analyses of sexual victimisation of women in war during the 1990s. It critically examines the reasons for the continuation of this type of violence against women, despite its recognition as a war crime; the recognition that marked one of the significant achievements of feminist activism during the last decade of the 20th century. The discussion points to the centrality of sexual violence in war for the system of gender based violence (GBV) against both women and men in war. It argues that a relational understanding of the gendered processes of victimisation in war is critical. This approach enables an acknowledgement that sexual violence in war and rape, as one of its expressions, is a violent political act that is highly gendered both in its causes and consequences, and, as such, it affects both women and men. This article provides an overall argument for the need of feminist scholarship and activism to engage with these differently situated experiences and practices of victimisation in war, to ‘unmake’ it. View Full-Text
Keywords: sexual violence against women; sexual violence against men; feminist anti-war activism; de-politicisation of male-on-male sexual violence sexual violence against women; sexual violence against men; feminist anti-war activism; de-politicisation of male-on-male sexual violence
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Korac, M. Feminists against Sexual Violence in War: The Question of Perpetrators and Victims Revisited. Soc. Sci. 2018, 7, 182.

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