A Field Guide for Female Interrogators The world was shocked by the images that emerged from Abu Ghraib the US controlled prison in Iraq Lynndie England the young female army officer shown smiling devilishly as she humiliated male prison

  • Title: A Field Guide for Female Interrogators
  • Author: Coco Fusco
  • ISBN: 9781583227800
  • Page: 285
  • Format: Paperback
  • The world was shocked by the images that emerged from Abu Ghraib, the US controlled prison in Iraq Lynndie England, the young female army officer shown smiling devilishly as she humiliated male prisoners, became first a scapegoat and then a victim who was just following orders Ignored were the elemental questions of how women are functioning within conservative poThe world was shocked by the images that emerged from Abu Ghraib, the US controlled prison in Iraq Lynndie England, the young female army officer shown smiling devilishly as she humiliated male prisoners, became first a scapegoat and then a victim who was just following orders Ignored were the elemental questions of how women are functioning within conservative power structures of government and the military Why do the military and the CIA use female sexuality as an interrogation tactic, and why is this tactic downplayed and even ignored in internal investigations of prisoner abuse Combining an art project with critical commentary, Coco Fusco imaginatively addresses the role of women in the war on terror and explores how female sexuality is being used as a weapon against suspected Islamic terrorists Using details drawn from actual accounts of detainee treatment in US military prisons, Fusco conceives a field guide of instructional drawings that prompts urgent questions regarding the moral dilemma of torture in general and the use of female sexuality specifically Fusco assesses what these matters suggest about how the military and the state use sex, sexuality, and originally feminist notions of sexual freedom.

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    1. the ambivalence that structures this book both as art object and feminist intervention reminds me of the ambivalence that structures performance art, a response i feel compelled to investigate through studying peggy phelan, but the coffee table book phelan helped edit is at craig's house still. coco fusco has a rare talent for finding the useful and insightful articulations of this terrain of state terror but at every moment these ethical resources seems certain to fall prey to the cynical reduc [...]

    2. There is nothing inherent to women that makes them agents for peace/non-violence. (One should note there's nothing inherent to "women" at all). But it's a feature in the U.S. and other similarly socialized national news media (Japan) to react with exaggerated outrage when *women* engage in violent acts, as if they were unnatural beings. Outrage and fascination - and also titillation.The problem is that many generations of feminist activism also operates on a similar premise: women stand for peac [...]

    3. It already has my back up cause it's all oh we daughters of wealth who recognize the imperative of the room of one's own (she is "speaking to" Virginia Woolf) in order to fully realize ourselves blah the fucking blah but I'm sticking with it cause the subject of females in the military is fascinating to me. Know why? Because, personally, I do not understand why or how it ever came to be that females weren't dominating the worlds of strategy and tactics from the first, they being so fit for that [...]

    4. This compact volume is a fascinating probe into the role of women in the "war on terror" in this age. Fusco always poses interesting questions in her work, but the ones here really made me sit up and take notice. It's interesting to explore the role of feminism in the context of combat strategy consider how to advocate for women's rights without turning turning back the clock on advancement.

    5. Female sexual violence (against *men*) has always been a real & violating force I've witnessed in my life, so why is it so hard to find a feminist analysis that discusses it? This one does, + brings it back to trenchant & sobering issues having to do with detainee abuse.

    6. New York artist and writer Fusco satirizes adn examines women's roles in The War on Terror in thie guise of a letter to Virginia Woolf.

    7. overwhelming and very necessary. exploring women and violence. breaking down US feminism and its complicit/passive role in American warfare.

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