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Journal of Philosophy: A Cross-Disciplinary Inquiry

Volume 5, Issue 12, Spring 2010

Kelly Oliver
Pages 14-22
DOI: 10.5840/jphilnepal201051213

Media Representations of Women and the “Iraq War”

This essay examines media images of women in recent conflicts in the Middle East. From the Abu Ghraib prison abuses to protests in Iran, women have become the public face of violence, carried out and suffered. Women’s bodies are figured as sexual and violent, a potent combination that stirs public imagination and feeds into stereotypes of women as femme fatales or “bombshells.”

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