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Sexual violence and trauma in the ‘war on terror’
Joanna Bourke

masculine nor feminine: simply all-powerful in-humanity. The suffering subject, on the other hand, is defined as lacking ‘true’ humanity, burdened with an excess of body . Bunching these bodies by gender – one portion of the great trilogy (the other two are class and ethnicity) – inevitably leads to a universal femaleness: the woman effaced in religious dogma as inherently inferior is also eradicated in conventional human rights discourse because that discourse is premised on the heterosexual white male. Not only does such a ‘bunching’ enforce the association of

in ‘War on terror’