Beyond Mothers, Monsters, Whores: Thinking about Women's by Laura Sjoberg, Caron E. Gentry

By Laura Sjoberg, Caron E. Gentry

Beyond moms, Monsters, Whores takes the advice in Mothers, Monsters, Whores that you will need to see genderings in characterizations of violent ladies, and to exploit critique of these genderings to retheorize person violence in international politics. It starts via demonstrating the interdependence of the private and foreign degrees of world politics in violent women's lives, yet then indicates that this interdependence is inaccurately depicted in gender-subordinating narratives of women's violence. Such narratives, the authors argue, should not purely normatively troublesome at the floor but additionally intersect with different identifiers, similar to race, faith, and geopolitical place.

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These traits are all hallmarks of a different type of leadership, one that fits the times. An example of how this can work occurred when Congress was in gridlock on what stimulus package would help the country in a deep recession. Despite the dire times, the usual partisan warfare prevailed until two moderate Republican women, Senators Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe, stepped forward to forge a bipartisan consensus. We need more of this kind of leadership, which can end stalemates. Obviously men in Congress have reached many a compromise over the years, but women’s leadership style is likelier to achieve solutions with less posturing and wasted time.

During the 2008 presidential primaries, the Pew Research Center conducted a survey on whether men or women make better leaders. A summary in the Economist showed how ambivalent we are on who should be in charge; we think women have what’s needed but still favor men for the role: “Americans say that they think women are more likely to have the qualities needed to make a good leader. ” Why? Of the various qualities of leadership, women were rated far, far ahead of men on being “honest,” “intelligent,” “compassionate,” “outgoing,” and “creative,” and were considered just as “hardworking” and “ambitious” as men.

How do we get there? The answer is more women at the top—women who are agents of change and want to see more women join them. Critical mass tips the scales. In many countries, leaders recognize this, and the power equation in government is beginning to change fairly quickly. Some societies, particularly newer democracies such as South Africa, have started with a basic belief in the importance of shared leadership in terms of race and gender as the very foundation of democracy. In drafting a constitution, South Africa focused on men and women, not men or women.

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