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Making the Sexual Political: Women’s Transnational Collective Actions

  • Author(s): Minai, Naveen
  • et al.

This paper will look at the disruption of the heteronormative organization of resistance and protest caused by selected collective actions by women from Liberia, Nigeria and Kenya. I will use feminist critiques of the construction of the political versus the personal and theorize about 1) the definitions of what is sexual and sexualized in the realm of the private; 2) the contradictions in the formations and inscriptions onto bodies, of these definitions; and 3) the inscription of these definitions onto bodies and experiences themselves, which determines what is considered valid resistance. I will then look at the multiple and simultaneous disruptions caused to these processes by the examples of women’s collective actions in this paper.

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