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Lecture 9

FEM2107 Lecture 9: WEEK NINE PART 2 AND TEN READING NOTES

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Department
Women's Studies
Course
FEM2107
Professor
Patricia Kmiec
Semester
Winter

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WEEK NINE Jiwani critical gaze on Canadas intervention in Afghanistan read through gendered metaphors Overarching argument: media can produce over simplifies gender dualities. (victimhero) intervention presented in media stereotypes of powerful masculinity and vulnerable femininity o afghan women portrayed as helpless passive o need foreigners to bring them out of socialcultural captivity jiwani: framing afghan women as victims needing rescue, positions Canada as an agent of chivalric masculinity GENDERED FRAMING Problematic Distorts afghan history blames Taliban for all problems Promotes islamophobia o Implies symbols of gendered oppression (burqa) is created by rigid adherence to islam o Suggests that ultimate goal is to become like Western women o Ideas of emancipation and liberation may not be the same as western women though o Paradox of Victims who are innocent and victims who are blameworthy o Racialized groups and their experiences are reported differently Distinctions between worthy and unworthy victims are determined by: o Race o Class o Gender o Sexuality o Black women who experience male violence are given less attention o Stories are on the back pages Murders of aboriginal women dont generate significant media coverage Coverage comes based on status, race, and stereotypes about a set of women and their communities Its beneficial for the government to promote afghan women as helpless to support the fact that they want to go to war (for other things) Use female body as a ploy
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