Gender and Disarmament
Ideas about gender affect the way people and societies view weapons, war, and militarism. Considering gender can help in developing deeper understandings of “gun cultures,” armament policies, or obstacles to disarmament. It can also help determine appropriate policy or budgetary responses to particular challenges.
Highlighting the ways in which the possession and proliferation of weapons are underwritten and supported by a particular construction of masculinity, enables us to see just how dangerous and illusory an image of security weapons produce. Gender analysis can illuminate some of the connections between constructed masculinities and “gun cultures” that promote the possession and use of weapons. It can also help us to develop discourse, actions, and approaches to disarmament and arms control that address some of the ideas and causes that lead to armament in the first place.