Beyond Mothers, Monsters, Whores takes the suggestion in Mothers, Monsters, Whores that it is important to see genderings in characterizations of violent women, and to use critique of those genderings to retheorize individual violence in global politics. It begins by demonstrating the interdependence of the personal and international levels of global politics in violent women's lives, but then shows that this interdependence is inaccurately depicted in gender-subordinating narratives of women's violence. Such narratives, the authors argue, are not only normatively problematic on the surface but also intersect with other identifiers, such as race, religion, and geopolitical location.
Caron E. Gentry is a lecturer in the School of International Relations at the University of St Andrews. She is author of Offering Hospitality: Questioning Christian Approaches to War (2013) and the co-editor of Women, Gender and Terrorism (with Laura Sjoberg, 2011) and The Future of War: New Critical Essays (with Amy Eckert, 2014). Laura Sjoberg is associate professor of political science at the University of Florida. She is author of Gender, War and Conflict (2014), Gendering Global Conflict: Towards a Feminist Theory of War (2013), Mothers, Monsters, Whores: Women's Violence in Global Politics (with Caron Gentry, 2007) and Gender, Justice, and the Wars in Iraq (2006).
1. Introduction: A Woman Did That? 2. Seeing Gender in Theories of People's Political Violence 3. Seeing Women's Extralegal Violence 4. Saving, Supporting and Supplicating: The Mother Narrative 5. Femininity Gone Awry: The Monster Narrative 6. Sex/Violence: The Whore Narrative 7. Conclusion: Beyond Mothers, Monsters, Whores