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One of the Guys: Women as Aggressors and Torturers
The debate about women and torture has, until recently, focused on women as victims of violence. But when photographs were released from the Abu Ghraib prisoner-abuse scandal, one featured Lynndie England holding a prisoner by a dog leash. Overnight, she became a symbol of women's capacity to inflict pain and suffering — and soon, many in America were questioning why the i ...more
Paperback, 300 pages
Published January 18th 2007 by Seal Press
(first published December 28th 2006)
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Over halfway into this book I found myself still searching for something more. It was often repetitive, and I found myself constantly wondering when it was going to go deeper as I felt the authors danced around the issues and never really delved onto formulating solutions or responses to the issues raised. Eventually my patience waned, and I returned it to its owner unfinished...a rare ending for me.
An interesting collection of commentary that, through one event - that of the Abu Ghraib prisoner photo scandal, epitomizes a discussion of liberal feminism vs feminism that believes women are naturally more peaceful. It's a quick read that poses some good food for thought on the current (in the last 10-15 years current) state of women in American culture and military culture.