The gendering of victimhood: Western media and the Sinjar genocide

  title={The gendering of victimhood: Western media and the Sinjar genocide},
  author={Veronica Buffon and Christine Allison},
This article adopts a gender perspective on war, problematising media attention on Yezidi women since the attacks by ISIS. Sinjari Yezidis’ narratives/subjectivities since 2014 are silenced in Western media reports in favour of a “hyper-visibility” of women’s “injured bodies”, which mobilises a specific narrative of victimhood. Reports from UK and US broadsheet newspapers, plus the BBC, CNN and online publications are analysed, plus new data gathered through fieldwork among Yezidis in Northern… 
UK Newspapers’ Portrayal of Yazidi Women’s Experiences of Violence under ISIS
Although as of early 2019 ISIS has lost all of the territories it occupied, scholarly and media attention has continued to focus on its barbarity and brutal treatment of the women living in its
Liberated, not free: Yazidi women after Islamic State captivity
ABSTRACT In 2014, the Islamic State (IS) group launched a genocidal campaign against the Yazidis in Northern Iraq. IS used varied means to attack and fragment the Yazidi community: massacre of men;
Saving the Survivors: Yezidi Women, Islamic State and the German Admissions Program
Brutality and sexual violence perpetrated by the Islamic State (IS) group against women and girls held in captivity have left traumatic effects on survivors and their communities. In this context,
Sex-Slavery: One Aspect of the Yezidi Genocide
Even though almost three years have passed since the black banners of the terror organisation, calling themselves the “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria” (ISIS) were first hoisted throughout the Yezidi
‘We are rich in mass graves’: representing a history of violence through Êzîdî poetry
ABSTRACT The 2014 Êzîdî Genocide caused a rupture in the social fabric of the Iraqi religious Êzîdî minority. A search for meaning in the aftermath of violence has caused a group of Şingalî poets to
Theorising women and war in Kurdistan: A feminist and critical perspective [Bîrdoza jin û şer li Kurdistanê. Perspektîveke femînîst û rexnegirî]
In this introductory article to the special issue Women and War in Kurdistan, we connect our topic to feminist theory, to anthropological theory on war and conflict and their long-term consequences,
“This barbaric terrorist organization”: Orientalism and Barack Obama’s language on ISIS
ABSTRACT This article explores US foreign policy discourse surrounding the rise of ISIS, from 2014 to 2016. Specifically, it asks how Obama constructed ISIS as a threatening Other at this time. This
Redefinition of gender roles as a result of armed conflict and forced displacement: Sinjari Yazidis after the genocide of 2014
Abstract The paper focuses on changing gender roles and gender relations as a consequence of armed conflict, forced displacement, and genocide. It is a case study of Iraqi Yazidis that have been
Theorising Women and War
In this introductory article to the special issue Women and War in Kurdistan, we connect our topic to feminist theory, to anthropological theory on war and conflict and their long-term consequences,
Survival after Sexual Violence and Genocide: Trauma and Healing for Yazidi Women in Northern Iraq
Introduction: In August 2014, the Yazidi community of Sinjar, in the Nineveh Governorate of Northern Iraq, was brutally targeted by the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) for


Do Muslim Women Need Saving
Frequent reports of honor killings, disfigurement, and sensational abuse have given rise to a consensus in the West, a message propagated by human rights groups and the media: Muslim women need to be
Saving Brown Women
  • M. Cooke
  • Political Science
    Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society
  • 2002
I n the wake of September 11, Afghan women and their systematic abuse by the Taliban drew the attention of major network news anchors. This was not the first time that Americans had heard of the
From where we stand: war, women's activism and feminist analysis
Cynthia Cockburn’s From Where We Stand is one of the most important books addressing anti-war activism, feminist or otherwise. Based on two years of field research that spans all corners of the
The Empire of Trauma: An Inquiry into the Condition of Victimhood
The Empire of Trauma: An Inquiry into the Condition of Victimhood makes a signal contribution to the genre of “the history of the present.” It uses the apparently unremarkable fact that victims of
Citizenship after Orientalism: Transforming Political Theory
The word 'citizen' evokes a particular legacy that is inexorably associated with 'European' values that define especially Euro-American states, such as secularism, democracy, law, and rights.
Life and Words: Violence and the Descent into the Ordinary
Foreword 1. The Event and the Everyday 2. The Figure of the Abducted Woman: The Citizen as Sexed 3. Language and Body: Transactions in the Construction of Pain 4. The Act of Witnessing: Violence,
The Formation of Kurdishness in Turkey: Political Violence, Fear and Pain
Introduction: An Ethnography of Political Violence Among Kurds 1 The Modern Nation-State and Political Violence 2 A Genealogical Exploration of Kurdish Suffering in Turkey 3 The State and the
Can the Subaltern Speak
Some of the most radical criticism coming out of the West today is the result of an interested desire to conserve the subject of the West, or the West as Subject. The theory of pluralized
The Yezidi Oral Tradition in Iraqi Kurdistan
The Yezidis are a Kurdish-speaking religious minority, neither Muslim, Christian nor Jewish. Their ethnicity has been disputed, but most now claim Kurdish identity. Their heartland, including their
This article explores the expectations placed on the law of genocide and the realities of what international criminal justice can provide in applying it. It traces a number of problems and identifies