Feminists Confront State Violence

Cover of Issue 148, Feminists Confront State Violence

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This issue of Radical History Review explores how feminists have conceptualized, negotiated, and challenged structures of state violence to create sites of liberation and care within harmful and neglectful institutions.

Emily Hobson and Mónica Jiménez demonstrate that radical care is possible from within carceral confinement. Kaysha Corinealdi, Romina Green Rioja, and Spencer Beswick document dual-pronged activisms that build alternatives to the state. Erica Edwards and Randi Gill-Sadler and Heather Berg analyze the historical and cultural resources feminists have mobilized to foster community defense.

India Thusi documents contemporary campaigns to repeal prostitution laws in South Africa and considers possibilities for sex worker safety and defense after decriminalization. Manijeh Moradian explores how the recent feminist uprising in Iran sparked by the femicide of Jina (Mahsa) Amini challenged structures of gender and sexual oppression which undergird authoritarian state violence. Jennifer Mogannam contextualizes the emergence of the Palestinian Feminist Collective within the long history of Palestinian women’s and feminist organizing against both colonial and patriarchal violence.

Curated Space
Jessie B. Ramey and Catherine Evans look at the life of Kipp Dawson, a leader in overlapping movements for justice in the U.S. since 1960, to show how feminists deployed “radical collaboration” to resist multiple forms of state violence.