From Gun Politics to Self-Defense Politics: A Feminist Critique of the Great Gun Debate

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Abstract

This article calls attention to a problematic binary produced by public debates surrounding gun rights and gun control-namely, that women must choose armed self-protection or no self-protection at all. I argue that both anti- and pro-gun discourses, drawing on and reproducing race and class privileges, use assumptions about women's physical inferiority to further their agendas. I highlight how both sides have used guns as the proxy for self-defense and conclude by calling for a shift in public discourse to focus on the broader question of the right to self-defense rather than the narrower question of gun rights.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)369-377
Number of pages9
JournalViolence Against Women
Volume20
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • gun control
  • gun rights
  • self-defense

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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