Girls with Guns: Firearms, Feminism, and Militarism by France Winddance Twine

By France Winddance Twine

A nuanced knowing of nation violence and gender (in)equalities needs to think about the various and contradictory stories of armed civilian ladies, lady squaddies, and competitors of gun ownership. How is ‘feminism’ and ‘femininity’ negotiated within the early twenty first century through civilian and armed forces girls in a kingdom that fetishizes weapons? This publication addresses this social challenge through providing a comparative research of the actual dilemmas that gender inequality, category inequality, race/racism and U.S. nationalism generate for ladies of various backgrounds who're suffering to stability traditional gender roles, femininity and gendered violence within the United States.

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Safely in Mother’s Arms offers classes and workshops. Waldas now operates primarily through organizations such as churches, schools, corporations, and community organizations. Below she describes a curriculum that she developed called “First Defense”: It’s basically what to do until the first responders arrive. … I customized my First Defense program to what a social worker and a case worker would need to know. Although Ms. Waldas doesn’t explicitly mention race, her analysis of the historical origins of women with arms calls upon the image of “pioneer” women who were typically represented as Europeans or European Americans, excluding Native American, Black, Chinese, or Japanese women on the frontier.

They were sent to San Quentin State Prison within 48 hours of the SLA propaganda being discovered in their safe house in Concord, California. Ten weeks after her abduction, Patty Hearst had become a guerrilla fighter who selfidentified as “Tania,” a gun-toting “revolutionary feminist,” and a member of the Symbionese Liberation Army. After participating in the robbery of a Hibernia branch bank in San Francisco, Hearst and her comrades fled with $10,960 in cash. Holding a semi-automatic carbine rifle, Patty Hearst was filmed by the automatic cameras in the bank.

When booked into the San Mateo County Jail, she listed “urban guerilla” as her occupation. The trial of Patty Hearst was about more than her participation in a bank robbery. It was a proxy for a national debate that asked how affluent White girls became armed insurgents, anti-racist and anti-capitalist political dissidents. How did it happen? Four psychiatrists, one each from Stanford, UC-Berkeley, UCLA, and the University of Southern California, were asked to evaluate Patty Hearst and were given tapes of private conversations that she had with friends who visited her and her affadavit taken several days after she was arrested.

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