The War Nerd: Getting “Women Warriors” wrong | Clarissa’s Blog

The War Nerd: Getting “Women Warriors” wrong | Clarissa’s Blog

Ok, is it because she is writing everything in terms of relationships and not in terms of setting the historical, social and other contexts? I really have a sense that there are too many layers of symbolic gender hierarchies here for us to extricate ourselves from all of them. Is it that she is writing from the bottom of the hierarchical binary, as a gendered female? This might be what makes left wing Americans recoil, because of the ideology of the need to flatten the structure of gendered hierarchy? I skim read both articles, and certainly the heat in Perth may be making me a bit dense, but they seemed on a par with each other, in that (to my mind) neither Percy’s article nor that of the War Nerd managed to avoid using the lens of gender i their writing. For instance to say that the woman ought not to have been described as she was because that makes her uglier than she was (if that was what War Nerd wanted to say) shows a deep concern for maintaining the traditional category of femininity for the sake of the woman depicted in the article.

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