A nuanced understanding of state violence and gender (in)equalities must consider the varied and contradictory experiences of armed civilian women, female soldiers, and opponents of gun possession. How is ‘feminism’ and ‘femininity’ negotiated in the early 21st century by civilian and military women in a nation that fetishizes guns? This book addresses this social problem by offering a comparative analysis of the particular dilemmas that gender inequality, class inequality, race/racism and U.S. nationalism generate for women of diverse backgrounds who are struggling to balance conventional gender roles, femininity and gendered violence in the United States.
Table of Contents
Preface 1. The Woman’s Gun Market 2. ‘Bad Girls’ in a Gun Nation: Race, Citizenship and Armed Dissidents 3. The Gun Wars: Mothers debate gun regulation 4. Firearms Feminism and Militarized Femininity 5. Mommy Goes to War: The Realities of Military Motherhood 6. Double Jeopardy: Female Soldiers as Sexual Prey 7. Conclusion: Feminism, Femininity and State Violence