One of the Guys: Women as Aggressors and Torturers

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Tara McKelvey
Seal Press, 2007 - History - 266 pages
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The debate about women and torture has, until recently, focused on women as victims of violence. But when photographs were released from the Abu Ghraib prisoner-abuse scandal, one featured Lynndie England holding a prisoner by a dog leash. Overnight, she became a symbol of women's capacity to inflict pain and suffering and soon, many in America were questioning why the infliction of violence has always been seen as inherently male. One of the Guys deals specifically with this issue.
In her foreword, Barbara Ehrenreich wonders why she once assumed women possessed an innate aversion to violence. Her essay then serves as a launching point for the rest of the contributors, which include academics, journalists, and activists, each grappling with women's involvement in torture and the abuse of power.
The essays in One of the Guys challenge and examine the expectations placed on women while attempting to understand female perpetrators of abuse and torture in a broader context.

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Contents

Feminisms Assumptions Upended
1
Eve Ensler
17
Split Screens
37
The Misogynist Implications of Abu Ghraib
51
Gender and Sexual Violence in the Military
81
Women and the Profession of Arms
97
Abu Ghraib and Military Sexual Culture
111
Constitutional Gender Equality Comes to the Military
125
Gender Trouble at Abu Ghraib?
145
Is That the Pose of a Liberated Woman?
167
Lynchings and Abu Ghraib
189
Lynndie England in Love
213
Afterword
229
Copyright

About the author (2007)

Tara McKelvey is a senior editor at The American Prospect and a contributing editor at Marie Claire magazine. She is also a research fellow at the NYU School of Law's Center on Law and Security and has written for the New York Times Book Review and The Nation, among other publications. She lives in Washington, DC.

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