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Political Science Response Paper – “Wars, Wimps, and Women” I found it ironic that Cohn stressed that her paper was not about men and women or about their specific relations towards war, when in essence that’s what the paper was about. You cannot state that your paper is not about gender, but rather ‘gender discourse’ and avoid a discussion about gender itself, because gender is the basis for the discourse. With that said, I was quite interested to see how she would argue that gender discourse shapes wars because it wasn’t something I necessarily thought about. Her basic definition of gender discourse is that it is a symbolic system in which “human characteristics are dichotomized, divided into pairs of polar opposites that are supposedly mutually exclusive”, after which she proceeded to list pairs of opposing terms which she identified the first of each term in each pair as being associated with male and the second female and that society values the ‘male’ terms over the ‘female’ terms
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This note was uploaded on 12/05/2011 for the course POLISCI 101 taught by Professor Laraja during the Spring '08 term at UMass (Amherst).

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