Erkki Bahovski: Does War Have Gender?

Erkki Bahovski.

Erkki Bahovski.

The weekly Sirp has tried to look at the world through feminist glasses.

There is nothing wrong with that in itself, but the question is whether such a point of view can explain everything enough. Thus, in the previous Sirbis (1.04), Eret Talviste and Birgit Poopuu have decided to analyze war through the prism of feminism and decolonialism. I omit the decolonial dimension from this article because it requires a separate approach, and I will focus on the question of whether war has gender.

If we try to generalize, according to Talviste and Poopuu, war is a man’s face. “Feminist scholars have pointed out that patriarchal attitudes and characteristics (but not only men) can also be seen as the root cause of conflict: patriarchal relations easily lead to armed conflict. It is such systems that exclude women and everyone else who does not go along with toxic masculinity from certain spheres, ”the authors write.

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Source: Lääne Elu by online.le.ee.

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