What is sexual about conflict-related sexual violence? Stories from men and women survivors


8 September
2020

, Volume
96, Number
5

Charles Bean to speak at Future of Work LIVE 2020

Chris Dolan

Charles Bean to speak at Future of Work LIVE 2020

Maria Eriksson Baaz

Charles Bean to speak at Future of Work LIVE 2020

Maria Stern

Despite the prominent attention that the problem of conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV) has recently garnered globally, we still know far too little about what is sexual about sexual violence, according to whom, as well as why and how this matters in our efforts to prevent and redress its harms. A growing theoretical, political, legal and ethical imperative to ask questions about the sexual part of sexual violence across both war and peace is nonetheless emerging. This article therefore turns to the accounts of male and female survivors of CRSV at the at the Refugee Law Project (RLP) in Kampala, Uganda. In our reading of their accounts, we explore how the participants understand the possible imbrication of the perpetrator’s sexual desire and pleasure with the violence they inflicted, as well as how they deem such intermeshing impossible or deeply problematic in and to the gendered frames that govern how they think about the distinctions between violence and sex, as well as themselves as sexual, social, embodied subjects. Read together, these conflicted and conflicting testimonies offer a vantage point from which to rethink some of the reductive truisms that persist in dominant policy-friendly accounts of wartime sexual violence—namely that such violence is about power and not about ‘sex’. The participants’ accounts thus urge us, as scholars and policy advocates, to resist reducing the multi-layered experiences of victim/survivors of sexual violence to fit into the palatable narratives of victimhood that prevail in humanitarian, juridical and policy spaces.

Source: International Law and Governance

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Sexual violence in the wrong(ed) bodies: moving beyond the gender binary in International Relations


8 September
2020

, Volume
96, Number
5

In the September issue of International Affairs, a section of articles reframe international debates around conflict-related sexual violence. 

Charles Bean to speak at Future of Work LIVE 2020

Paula Drumond

Charles Bean to speak at Future of Work LIVE 2020

Elizabeth Mesok

Charles Bean to speak at Future of Work LIVE 2020

Marysia Zalewski

In 2008, UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1820 recognized sexual violence as a matter of international peace and security, urging the creation of mechanisms for its prevention and response. Yet serious attention to conflict-related sexual violence occupies an ambiguous place in global politics. Even as the emergence of rape as a global threat has sharpened support for and receptiveness to the Women, Peace and Security agenda, feminist IR scholars have exposed how such attention contributes to the essentializing of women as victims and of victims as always women. The continuing focus on sexual violence as perpetrated on female-marked bodies, allegedly because of their gender and their ensuing place in gendered/sexed orders, has prompted critics to call for the development of more inclusive research and policy framings that transcend the male perpetrator/female victim paradigm.

This special section in the September 2020 issue of International Affairs aims to help move theorizations and policy debates around sexual violence beyond the gender binary, and beyond narratives and framings that are exclusively sex-centred. Each of the articles critically challenges the embedded imageries around sex/gender/sexuality that persistently guide knowledge and policy framings on gendered dimensions of violence and security. All are original and innovative contributions, working to expand the explanatory logics/grids of intelligibility of sexual violence through discussions of ‘wrong(ed)’ bodies.

Source: International Law and Governance

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