ANT324L paper 3 - ANT324L November 1 Military Violence Against Indigenous Women"No nation is conquered until the hearts of its women are on the

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ANT324L November 1 Military Violence Against Indigenous Women “No nation is conquered until the hearts of its women are on the ground.” This haunting statement is an eloquent Cheyenne proverb that precisely depicts the dismal reality that Indigenous women face in colonized countries (Aleman). Throughout history women have been subjected to various forms of gender-based violence as a means of control and domination. While women across the globe are affected by this brutality, Indigenous women are specifically targeted with sexual violence by government authorities due to both their ethnicity as well as their gender (Aleman). It is this physical, and sexual, domination of Indigenous women, and its severely resonating effects that serves as the breaking point of Indigenous resistance to colonial control. In Southern Mexico, the Zapatista uprising resulted in low-intensity and guerilla warfare and the extensive militarization of local Indigenous communities. While physical violence, to some degree, is to be expected in wartime conflicts, horrifically, the conquest of Indigenous women through sexual attacks and threats are routine practices of militarization (Stephen p.823). In Chiapas, sexual harassment, rape, the threat of rape, and the forced prostitution of Indigenous women are the principal modes of violence against women by Mexican troops and paramilitary forces (Stephen p.834 & Aleman). This specific sexual targeting of Indigenous women stems from a traditionally held social ideology that women are subordinate to men, powerless, and docile. Although, however subservient these women are classified to be, it does not go unnoticed that they hold
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This note was uploaded on 03/25/2008 for the course ANT 324L taught by Professor Shannonspeed during the Fall '07 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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ANT324L paper 3 - ANT324L November 1 Military Violence Against Indigenous Women"No nation is conquered until the hearts of its women are on the

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