W Stands for Women: How the George W. Bush Presidency Shaped a New Politics of Gender

W Stands for Women: How the George W. Bush Presidency Shaped a New Politics of Gender

by Michaele L. Ferguson
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0822340429

ISBN-13: 2900822340422

Pub. Date: 08/29/2007

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

Taking seriously the "W Stands for Women" rhetoric of the 2004 Bush-Cheney campaign, the contributors to this collection investigate how "W" stands for women. They argue that George W. Bush has hijacked feminist language toward decidedly anti-feminist ends; his use of feminist rhetoric is deeply and problematically connected to a conservative gender ideology. While it

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Taking seriously the "W Stands for Women" rhetoric of the 2004 Bush-Cheney campaign, the contributors to this collection investigate how "W" stands for women. They argue that George W. Bush has hijacked feminist language toward decidedly anti-feminist 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 Bush's stance on so-called "women's issues" such as abortion, what is surprising-and what this collection demonstrates-is 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 Bush's persona, language, and policy to show how his administration has shaped a new politics of gender. One contributor points out the shortcomings of "compassionate conservatism," a political philosophy that requires a weaker class to be the subject of compassion. Another examines Lynndie England's 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 "feminizing" 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 thefar-reaching consequences of the Bush administration's conflation of feminist rhetoric, conservative gender ideology, and neoconservative national security policy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900822340422
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
08/29/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     vii
Introduction: Feminism, Gender, and Security in the Bush Presidency   Michaele L. Ferguson   Lori J. Marso     1
Compassionate Patriarchy
The Allure of Authoritarianism: Bush Administration Ideology and the Reconsolidation of Patriarchy   R. Claire Snyder     17
The Politics of Compassion in the Age of aids   Karen Zivi     41
Bush's Masculinities
Straight Eye for the Straight Guy   David S. Gutterman   Danielle Regan     63
W's Masculine Pseudo-Democracy: Brothers-in-Arms, Suicide Bombers, and the Culture of Life   Andrew Feffer     87
Gendered War Logics at Home and Abroad
The Logic of Masculinist Protection: Reflections on the Current Security State   Iris Marion Young     115
Gender Trouble at Abu Ghraib?   Timothy Kaufman-Osborn     141
Feminists versus Feminization: Confronting the War Logics of the George W. Bush Administration   Mary Hawkesworth     163
Feminist Responses
Feminism and Security Rhetoric in the Post-September 11 Bush Administration   Michaele L. Ferguson     191
Feminism and the Complications of Freeing the Women of Afghanistan and Iraq   Lori J. Marso     221
References     245
Contributors     269
Index     271

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