Politics & Gender

Critical Perspectives on Gender and Politics

Defending Modernity? High Politics, Feminist Anti-Modernism, and the Place of Gender

Julia  Adams  a1 and Ann Shola  Orloff  a2
a1 Yale University
a2 Northwestern University

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In the wake of 9/11 and the subsequent struggles in Afghanistan and Iraq, gender has become even more obviously important for understanding contemporary world politics, including armed conflict and war. Gender is an explicit structuring principle of contemporary conflicts between Western powers and an Islamist fundamentalism energized by opposition to the freedoms enjoyed by Western women and committed to the imposition of a version of sharia that explicitly denies to women rights equal to men's.