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Caron E. Gentry

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190901264

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190901264.001.0001

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The War on Women

The War on Women

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(p.89) Chapter 4 The War on Women
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This American Moment
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Caron E. Gentry

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190901264.003.0005

This chapter looks at how the War on Women is manifested in multiple vulnerabilities for women, namely economic, bodily, and reproductive health. The aim of this chapter is to demonstrate that the legal restrictions placed on women’s bodies and lives serves to police and limit women’s citizenship and contribution to America’s polis. A need to control women is an anxious response to women’s continued independence, which is seen as a threat to patriarchal structures. As such, the chapter turns to the language used by the National Coalition for Men, the Red Pill forum on Reddit, and Breitbart to describe women’s positions in US and international society, demonstrating the sexual objectification and violently paternalistic attitude toward women that helped promote the Trump campaign.

Keywords:   misogyny, War on Women, vulnerability, objectification, violence

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