Conscientious objectors are generally seen as male - as are soldiers. This book breaks with this assumption. Women conscientiously object to military service and militarism, not only in countries that conscript women - such as Eritrea and Israel - but also in countries without conscription of women. In doing so, they redefine antimilitarism from a feminist perspective, opposing not only militarism, but also a form of antimilitarism that creates the male conscientious objector as the "hero" of antimilitarist struggle.
This anthology includes contributions by women conscientious objectors and activists from Britain, Columbia, Eritrea, Israel, Paraguay, South Korea, Turkey, and the USA, plus supporting documents and statements.
"Benedict's book, filled with compelling and heartbreaking stories, is a groundbreaking testament to the bravery, resilience, and almost insurmountable obstacles faced by women stationed in Iraq". —Deirdre Sinnott, ForeWord
"The Lonely Soldier will shock you and enrage you and bring you to tears. It's must reading for everyone who cares about women, justice, fairness, the military, and the United States." —Katha Pollitt, award-winning columnist, The Nation
"It is hard to determine what is most disturbing about this book—the devious and immoral tactics used by leaders and recruiters to get women to join the military, the terrible poverty and personal violence women were escaping that led them to be vulnerable to such manipulation, the raping and harassing of women soldiers by their superiors and comrades once they got to Iraq, or the untreated homelessness, illnesses, and madness that have haunted [these] women since they came home. . . . A crucial accounting of the shameful war on women who gave their bodies, lives, and souls for their country." —Eve Ensler, playwright, performer, activist, and author of The Vagina Monologues
Helen Benedict, a professor of journalism at Columbia University, has written frequently on women, race, and justice. Her books include Virgin or Vamp: How the Press Covers Sex Crimes and the novels The Opposite of Love, The Sailor's Wife, Bad Angel, and A World Like This. Her work on soldiers won the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism.
Case studies from Bosnia, Kosovo, and Afghanistan tackle human rights laws and gender-based violence
War's Offensive on Women contends that humanitarian groups’ attempts to provide assistance and protection for women will fall short unless they make women major actors in such efforts. Mertus shows how human rights laws are beginning to address gender-based violence, and how agencies can respond to women’s needs in conflict and post-conflict settings. The book is of wide interest to humanitarian and human rights practitioners, policymakers, and students alike.
What Every Girl Should Know about the U.S. Military
Written for girls, queer and trans youth, youth of color and poor youth, this newly redesigned full-color "What Every Girl Should Know About the U.S. Military" brochure is focused on sexual & gender-based violence: perfect for distributing at schools & community centers.
Copies are available for $0.15 each plus 20% shipping, or $0.12 for orders of 100 or more! (Discounts are applied at checkout)
Patriarchy upholds militarism: we must smash both!
The cover artwork of muralist and activist artist Judithe Hernández reminds us of the mystery that reveals itself throughout our lives. With 30 art and poetry pages, the datebook offers work by Ellen Bass, Rachel Guido deVries, Georgia Popoff, Lee Lawson and other women artists.
"Not only are electronics slow, but how could I ever give up beautiful visuals, art to contemplate, poems, important holidays, folk wisdom, my impromptu notes in the spaces, lists, addresses, etc. etc, etc? Paper calendars become records of life and artifacts to keep. Of course, I would never give up technology and I use it daily, but some beautiful rituals shouldn't disappear." —Carolyn Dahl, Houston, Texas
Compact, beautiful & environmentally respectful.
This year's edition honors the work of environmental activist Sandra Steingraber.
This excellent Barbara Demming Reader contains essays, poems, speeches and letters “spanning four decades by America’s foremost writer on issues of women and peace, feminism and nonviolence.” A book for all those struggling to create a just and caring world.
In 1848 the first Women's Rights Convention had been held in Seneca Falls, New York; in 1983 women chose the nearby Seneca Army Depot as the site for the Women's Encampment for a Future of Peace and Justice.
According to their vision statement, "Once again women are gathering at Seneca - this time to challenge the nuclear threat at its doorstep. The Seneca Army Depot, a Native American homeland once nurtured and protected by the Iroquois, is now the storage site for the neutron bomb and most likely the Pershing II missile and is the departure point for weapons to be deployed in Europe."
Thousands of women came to Seneca and 350 women were arrested for actions at the base.
Many WRL women were involved, and the WRL Southeast Regional Office organized a Women's Peace Walk from Durham, NC, to the Women's Peace Encampment.