[WSMDiscuss] Fwd: [wri-info] The Broken Rifle 112: women, gender and antimilitarism
andrew at wri-irg.org
Fri May 22 10:20:12 CEST 2020
I wanted to share the most recent edition of WRI's The Broken Rifle
magazine, on the theme of women, gender and antimilitarism. You can find
the articles below.
We've also published a call for submissions for the next edition, which
will focus on the different ways that the response to the pandemic
around the world has been militarised, and how our movements need to
adapt to the new context. You can find the call for submissions here:
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Subject: [wri-info] The Broken Rifle 112: women, gender and antimilitarism
Date: Sat, 09 May 2020 12:48:24 +0100
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The Broken Rifle
The Broken Rifle no 112
For this issue of the Broken Rifle we wanted to make the most of the
opportunity that the International Women's Day offers us every year to
reflect on how important feminist and women's struggle are in the
analysis of all social movements. We believe that antimilitarism is not
- and cannot be - alien to all these reflections, especially because its
criticism of violence and oppressive values and practices that sustain
militarism and militarisation.
In these articles you will be able to find useful and insightful ideas
and reflections on the role of women, and the connections between gender
and our work for peace, which can be applied in our antimilitarist
campaigns to make them stronger and fruitful.
This issue includes a brief reconstruction of the history of the
WRI's Women's Working Group along with reflections from some of its
members, an obituary to Cynthia Cockburn, and a statement from a woman
conscientious objector. There are a number of of articles that make an
analysis of the relationship between hegemonic feminities, masculinities
and militarism, as well as the relationship between antimilitarism
and the role of women and their campaigns within our movements. You will
also find a summary of research on violence against women by the army
and the police in Colombia, an article that gathers the lessons of the
trans ban in the US, and finally a critique of the policies of guerrilla
movements where women participate.
*Read online here:* https://wri-irg.org/en/node/42073
In this issue...
* A brief history of WRI's Women Working Group
The WRI Women's Working Group was formally established in 1985
at WRI Triennial Conference in India. From that moment on, a very
important work continued, to which several anti-militarist and / or
feminist women from WRI's network joined. The women's working group
had an impact worth remembering, highlighting and continuing. This
piece gathers the reflections of some of the women who were an
active part of the working group, sharing their experiences and the
impact they consider the group had on both WRI, and on their
activism and personal life. Also, you can find at the end of this
story a timeline assembled by Joanne Sheehan with help from Ellen,
Dorie, Cynthia Cockburn, her files and memory, that briefly
summarises WWG trajectory.
* Femininities and masculinities: Analysing militarism through the
lens of patriarchy <https://wri-irg.org/en/node/42069>
For many decades, feminists have criticized how power and control
work in a patriarchal system, and coincidently antimilitarists has
criticized these same things in a militarized society, resulting in
different actions and “languages” to change and understand the same
phenomenon. Looking at militarism, but through the lens of
patriarchy, it is possible to see and understand how both share the
same values and are based in hegemonic masculinities and femininities.
* Women and antimilitarism <https://wri-irg.org/en/node/42076>
The different ways in which war is constructed and unfolds in terms
of gender is perhaps one of the settings where the difference
between the masculine and the feminine is most marked.
* Israeli conscientious objector Tair Kaminer's declaration
Tair Kaminer, who refused to serve in the Israeli military (IDF),
spent more than 150 days in prison between January and July 2016.
Following her repeated refusals, Israeli military court eventually
exempted Tair from the military for 'bad behaviour'.
* Women, men and nuclear weapons <https://wri-irg.org/en/node/42086>
This article by Cynthia Cockburn was originally published in the
April 2010 issue of the Broken Rifle. We are republishing it in
memory of beloved Cynthia Cockburn who passed away on 12th September
* "I am woman, hear me roar" <https://wri-irg.org/en/node/42067>
The beating drums. The cadence in the marching. The slogans and
chanting grow louder, and louder. The feeling of solidarity. The
strength that can be felt in the presence of masses of people is
* Invisible Violence: Research on violence against women by the Army
and the Police in Colombia <https://wri-irg.org/en/node/42068>
It’s not new for anyone that militarism has a huge impact on people
lives. Sometimes it can be more obvious or easier to see, but
sometimes it is not so clear. Last year, ACOOC, one of the
antimilitarist organisations in Colombia, carried out research on
violence against women by their husbands or partners that are
members of police force or army.
* Guerrilla movements’ policies: a driving force towards gender
Female violence has always attracted curiosity. From the Greek myth
of Medusa to the black-widow phenomenon, for centuries men have
asked what could possibly turn their lovely female companions into
such violent aliens. From deviant sexuality, to irrationality and
emotionality, many explanations have been offered to try to explain
this weird phenomenon: violence committed by women.
* Lessons from the Trans Ban in the US <https://wri-irg.org/en/node/42085>
Binary gender, white supremacy, heteronormativity and
heteropatriarchy are the inevitable outgrowths of capitalism and
colonization. For these reasons, it is a mistake to look at
inclusion in the military as a milestone of what our movements can
* COVID-19: “Waging War” Against a Virus is NOT What We Need to Be
As towns and whole countries shut down in order to “flatten the
curve” of outbreaks of the coronavirus, we are at risk of choosing
the wrong analogy for what we collectively need to do in these
perilous times. “Waging a war” is the most deceptively alluring
analogy for mobilizing private and public resources to meet a
present danger. We should, however, resist that allure.
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