In Analyzing The Effect Of Conflict On Gender Both Peterson

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In analyzing the effect of conflict on gender both Peterson and Raven-Roberts observe that women and children are often the most vulnerable in conflict situations. Peterson specifically states that coping economies are “most obviously feminized, it is primarily women who are assigned, and assume, responsibility for sustaining families, households, kinship networks, and even neighborhoods” P.15. (define coping economy in footnotes). Raven-Roberts also made a similar observation when she notes that community livelihoods systems are one of the most affected areas during and after conflict. (define livelihood systems in footnotes). She further specifically observes that “In many societies, there are clear sexual divisions of labor within the…show more content…
There is also the specific mention of sexual divisions of labor where again women are worse affected.
What is my point? My simple argument is that there is a blur and thin line between the issues of women (I mean, biological sex category, as in female), feminism, and gender (including the intersectionality of race, identity, ethnicity, religion, queer theory etc). All these issues have always been, and will continue to be discussed in relation to men (I mean biological sex category, as in male), the vulnerable, the weak, the have and have not and so on. Therefore, I believe that as gender activist we cannot afford to completely dismiss and be ashamed of sexual categorization (male/female) for fear of reinforcing the gender stereotypes. In my mind, the male/female relationship is the beginning of the analysis. As Raven-Roberts acknowledge, there are clear divisions of labor and roles in certain communities. And these divisions have a profound impact on the lived experiences of women in those communities – and men as well.

If, for fear of reinforcing the gender categories we fail to acknowledge the specific sexual divisions of roles and labor, we will be impeding our ability to design workable interventions. It is only when we acknowledge and recognizes these sexual divisions as they exist in society then can we be able to propose effective solutions. If we refuse to see and recognize the biological

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