Taking seriously the aW Stands for Womena rhetoric of the 2004 BushaCheney campaign, the contributors to this collection investigate how aWa stands for women. They argue that George W. Bush has hijacked feminist language toward decidedly antifeminist ends; his use of feminist rhetoric is deeply and problematically connected to a conservative gender ideology. While it is not surprising that conservative views about gender motivate Bushas stance on so-called awomenas issuesa such as abortion, what is surprisingaand what this collection demonstratesais that a conservative gender ideology also underlies a range of policies that do not appear explicitly related to gender, most notably foreign and domestic policies associated with the post-9/11 security state. Any assessment of the lasting consequences of the Bush presidency requires an understanding of the gender conservatism at its core. In W Stands for Women ten feminist scholars analyze various aspects of Bushas persona, language, and policy to show how his administration has shaped a new politics of gender. One contributor points out the shortcomings of acompassionate conservatism, a a political philosophy that requires a weaker class to be the subject of compassion. Another examines Lynndie Englandas participation in the abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib in relation to the interrogation practices elaborated in the Army Field Manual, practices that often entail afeminizinga detainees by stripping them of their masculine gender identities. Whether investigating the ways that Bush himself performs masculinity or the problems with discourse that positions non-Western women as supplicants in need of saving, these essays highlight the far-reaching consequences of the Bush administrationas conflation of feminist rhetoric, conservative gender ideology, and neoconservative national security policy. Contributors. Andrew Feffer, Michaele L. Ferguson, David S. Gutterman, Mary Hawkesworth, Timothy Kaufman-Osborn, Lori Jo Marso, Danielle Regan, R. Claire Snyder, Iris Marion Young, Karen Zivi Michaela Ferguson and Karen Zivi appeared on KPFAas Against the Grain on September 11, 2007. Listen to the audio. Michaela Ferguson and Lori Jo Marso appeared on WUNCas The State of Things on August 30, 2007. Listen to the audio.2003a. aChildrena#39;s Living Arrangements and Characteristics: March 2002.a Current Population Reports, no. P20a547, Washington, D.C., June. Available online ... In Field Manual 34a 52. May 8. ... aSaudi Women Have Message for U.S. Envoy.
|Title||:||W Stands for Women|
|Author||:||Michaele L. Ferguson, Lori Jo Marso|
|Publisher||:||Duke University Press - 2007-08-08|