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Author: Miranda Alison

Title: Wartime sexual violence

Subtitle: Women's human rights and questions of masculinity

Journal: Review of International Studies

Volume: 33

Issue: 1

Year: January 2007 (Published online: January 26, 2007)

Pages: 75-90

ISSN: 0260-2105 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 1469-9044 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century | Types: Wartime Rape


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Author: Miranda Alison, Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick

Abstract: »This article examines wartime sexual violence, one of the most recurring wartime human rights abuses. It asserts that our theorisations need further development, particularly in regard to the way that masculinities and the intersections with constructions of ethnicity feature in wartime sexual violence. The article also argues that although women and girls are the predominant victims of sexual violence and men and boys the predominant agents, we must also be able to account for the presence of male victims and female agents. This, however, engenders a problem; much of the women’s human rights discourse and existing international mechanisms for addressing wartime sexual violence tend to reify the male-perpetrator/female-victim paradigm. This is a problem which feminist human rights theorists and activists need to address.« (Source: Review of International Studies)


  Theorising masculinities, ethnicity, and wartime sexual violence (p. 75)
    Hegemonic masculinity and sexual violence (p. 75)
    Ethnicity and wartime sexual violence (p. 78)
  Addressing the reality of wartime sexual violence (p. 81)
    Human rights discourse and international law (p. 82)
    Sexual violence during the wars in the former Yugoslavia (p. 85)
    Sexual violence during the Rwandan genocide (p. 87)
  Conclusions (p. 89)

Translation: Shortened version: Alison, Miranda. »Sexuelle Gewalt in Zeiten des Kriegs. Menschenrechte für Frauen und Vorstellungen von Männlichkeit.« Krieg und Geschlecht. Sexuelle Gewalt im Krieg und Sex-Zwangsarbeit in NS-Konzentrationslagern. Edited by Insa Eschebach et al. Berlin: Metropol, 2008: 35-54.

Wikipedia: Wartime sexual violence