Masculinities in an Age of Terror


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Masculinities in an Age of Terror
Reflections on Readings
In reflecting upon the three readings – by Antoon, Richter-Montpetit and Asad – I am struck by the consistency of their accounts of how, for diverse purposes and intents, human bodies are disciplined for the purposes of subordination and control. In particular, it is both fascinating and horrifying how conceptualizations and transgressions of masculinity seem to be critical elements in these exercises of discipline in a range of contexts. Accordingly, in responding to these accounts, it would be useful to treat these readings not in isolation but in comparative analysis in order to better understand the diverse spectrum of this phenomenon.
Richter-Montpetit’s queer transnational...
The end:
..... conflicts to subordinate and control opponents who are represented as passive subjects – often feminized and/or represented in a homophobic manner - of virile and penetrative masculine violence. Whether a soldier or a suicide bomber, the same ideology of masculinity is employed by state and non-state actors to discipline bodies to affect a gendered control of social space.
Antoon, S. 2007). I’jaam. San Francisco: City Lights.
Asad, T. (2007). On suicide bombing. New York: Columbia
University Press.
Richter-Montpetit, M. (2009). “Empire, desire, and violence: A
queer transnational feminist reading of the prisoner “abuse”
in Abu Ghraib and the question of “gender equality”.
International Feminist Journal of Politics, 9.1: 38-59.