The Feminine Touch of War in Media

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My web anthology is women and violence. Most know that historically violence has been mostly committed by men towards others. With war and murder the culprit is ninety percent of the time men. For this reason I thought it would be interesting to see a woman's take on violence through literature. Not only how violence has been committed against women but also women who write about characters that use violence as a tool. This anthology will hopefully be used to find the difference in how women and men write about violence or find similarities to find if violence is universal to all people.

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There are several famous women writer recently that delve in the areas of violence. Hunger games writer creates a world where children must battle for their life and her descriptive details in certain parts are gruesome to say the least. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi is another female writer who discusses violence through her graphic novel touching on sensitive subjects in her auto biographical piece on her immigration. Violence toward women in our society unfortunately has become common. the daily news is always on the subject of a women coming to harm in several different ways. while I want to touch on this a main focus of my piece is to show that both women can come to harm but also fight back. many of the women in the books I have chose for my anthology demonstrate the resourcefulness of women and the drive to survive in the heat of battle.

This is Angela Davis. An American political activist, academic, and author. she rose to fame in the 1960's as a member of the Black Panthers and a leader of the Communist Party USA. This is a very famous women who has experienced violence and is known to stand up aginst it so she has a unique and detailed experience as woman with violence

What Famous Women have Said about Violence toward women or perpetrated women

There is not much information about what female think about violence other then the work that has been published by women, this could be for several reason. Maybe because most societies are a patriarchy so women don't speak out as much, or maybe because the feminist movement has only had a huge rise in recent years. what ever the reason an interview I found of Gloria Steinem, a female activist and author know for speaking about feminism and how to empower women as well and is also the creator of Ms. Magazine. for example the interview used a question, what is the origins of male violence towards women? Gloria replied "The origins of violence against women by men are not biological. If that were the case, it would exist in every culture. And it doesn't exist in every culture. There are tribal and less patriarchal cultures in which there is very little violence, or in which the violence is almost equal, you know, especially among boys and girls. But in any case, there is no organized violence. There is no frequency of rape and so on. So it can't be biological. It has to be social.

It comes in a very deep sense from teaching men to dominate. If you're going to have a male dominant system, to maintain the system, you have to teach men to dominate. So they come to believe that at a minimum, control is part of masculinity. And some men really, not through their own fault, got born into this culture too, but they get hooked on violence and control as a kind of drug, you know, so that if you talk to men who have been violent against women in their lives, they will speak about it almost like an addiction. I needed a fix, you know, I didn't feel like a real man. She was daring to not have the dinner ready on time, whatever it was that made him feel even marginally out of control, then causes him to respond with violence." if you are interested in reading the entire interview you can Click Here.

Textual example of women in violence

Hunger Games

Suzanne Collins

the first book showing off women involved in violence is actually a trilogy. "In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, "The Hunger Games," a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed." Suzanne Collins is a great example of creating a women who is independent and fights back towards injustice as well for simple survival. For example Suzanne places her protagonist at the brink of death after an attack of genetically altered wasps in her first book. While society thinks of women as frail creatures that need to be protected she demonstrates through he character that women are resourceful and strong. In to the second book she is brought back in to the games because she has become a symbol of rebellion for the twelve districts. this is the start of her major growth as more than just a warrior and becoming a freedom fighter. Finally in the third book she demonstrates her strong wilxft

Persepolis 1&2

Marjane Satrapi

"Wise, funny, and heartbreaking, Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi’s memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. In powerful black-and-white comic strip images, Satrapi tells the story of her life in Tehran from ages six to fourteen, years that saw the overthrow of the Shah’s regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution, and the devastating effects of war with Iraq. The intelligent and outspoken only child of committed Marxists and the great-granddaughter of one of Iran’s last emperors, Marjane bears witness to a childhood uniquely entwined with the history of her country. The story of Persepolis is a great story to read to illustrate the inner strength of a woman no matter the age. she is intelligent, funny, and incredibly independent. The protagonist has moments where her misfortunes get the better of her but she always seems to come out on top with her head held high

Persepolis paints an unforgettable portrait of daily life in Iran and of the bewildering contradictions between home life and public life. Marjane’s child’s-eye view of dethroned emperors, state-sanctioned whippings, and heroes of the revolution allows us to learn as she does the history of this fascinating country and of her own extraordinary family. Intensely personal, profoundly political, and wholly original, Persepolis is at once a story of growing up and a reminder of the human cost of war and political repression. It shows how we carry on, with laughter and tears, in the face of absurdity. And, finally, it introduces us to an irresistible little girl with whom we cannot help but fall in love."


Toni Morrison

"The book is structured into nine sections. The first is named “Ruby” after the town on which the book centers. The rest are named for women implicated variously in the life of the town and the Convent. The Convent women are Mavis, Grace (known as ‘Gigi’), Seneca, Divine (whose name is actually ‘Pallas’), and Consolata (also known as ‘Connie’). The Ruby women - or children, in the case of Save-Marie - are Patricia and Lone. Though the chapters are named for specific characters, in telling their stories, Morrison tells the parallel histories of the town of Ruby and the Convent seventeen miles south of it, and how the men of Ruby become intent on destroying the Convent women." this is a great story of women coming together as well as facing their own struggles as they battle the pain of racism, religious segregation, and much more. A great book to pick up that illustrates several female protagonist that suffer and flourish despite diversity.

Edwidge Danticat

"Two small nations—the Dominican Republic, originally colonized by Spain, and Haiti, once ruled by France and settled largely by the descendants of African slaves—share the Caribbean island of Hispaniola. Steeped in their uneasy coexistence, Edwidge Danticat, a Haitian American, uses as the background of her novel a haunting event in the island’s history: the 1937 massacre of Haitian immigrant workers by order of the Dominican dictator, Generalissimo Rafael Trujillo. His action was designed to rid his country of Haitians, some of whom had lived there for generations, even though they were needed to work the land. Within two weeks, his militia slaughtered some twenty thousand Haitian men, women, and children." Similar to Persepolis this is a book that demonstrates hate on a massive scale; using a women's struggle to illustrate the horror of the times.

Veronica Roth

"In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself. During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are - and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society." Another story that centers a strong female protagonist that not only shows off a women dealing with a peculiar and unique way to look at segregation but, also a women who takes charge of her relationships and character is tested everyday through-ou the series.

Stephenie Meyer

Twilight centers around an awkward, accident prone girl named Bella Swan. She moves away from her mother and her new fiance in Arizona to her father who lives a rainy small town. She is soon met by horror and misfortunes as she meets the love her life Edward Cullen; an immortal vampire who has sworn off human blood yet through the series drags her in to a life of blood shed and misery. In the series she is put the loss, heartache, and even war as she struggles with her love Edward. A story taking a different look a vampires also deviates from the strong female lead and instead using a character that succumbs to many misfortunes but her blind will for the love her life keeps her going which shows an inner strength unlike some female protagonists. a great book that gives a more Relatable character that is thrown in to extraordinary situations.

Patricia Highsmith

"In an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's seminal novel The Price of Salt, CAROL follows two women from very different backgrounds who find themselves in an unexpected love affair in 1950s New York. As conventional norms of the time challenge their undeniable attraction, an honest story emerges to reveal the resilience of the heart in the face of change. A young woman in her 20s, Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara), is a clerk working in a Manhattan department store and dreaming of a more fulfilling life when she meets Carol (Cate Blanchett), an alluring woman trapped in a loveless, convenient marriage. As an immediate connection sparks between them, the innocence of their first encounter dims and their connection deepens. While Carol breaks free from the confines of marriage, her husband (Kyle Chandler) begins to question her competence as a mother as her involvement with Therese and close relationship with her best friend Abby (Sarah Paulson) come to light."The first and only film chosen over their literary counterpart for this anthology. The "Carol" film is a love story between two women, when homosexual relationships where not only shunned but seen illegal by law. The story uses beautiful imagery and silence to portray deep emotions between characters. This story shows not only women struggling with embracing the love they have for each other, but also uses a confident and mature women that goes through the dissolving of a marriage. The protagonist Carol stands as a role model for women to hold themselves with respect and dignity through difficult times.

Anne Frank

"The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank details approximately two years of the life a Jewish teenager during World War II. During much of the time period covered by her journal, Anne and her family are in hiding in an attempt to escape Hitler’s anti-Jewish laws and genocidal desires. Anne’s diary ends abruptly in August, 1944. On that day, she and her family are taken into custody by the Germans and transported to concentration camps." One of the most famous books ever written, this is the story of a young girl hiding from the Nazi party during World War 2. This is not just a story but a complete and real telling of a girls struggle to deal with a country against her and others like her. Though young The Protagonist and author show an intelligence and maturity beyond her years while dealing with violence all around her.

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