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Violence Against Women. 2014 Mar;20(3):369-77. doi: 10.1177/1077801214526045. Epub 2014 Mar 30.

From gun politics to self-defense politics: a feminist critique of the great gun debate.

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University of Toronto, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.


This article calls attention to a problematic binary produced by public debates surrounding gun rights and gun control-namely, that women must choose armed self-protection or no self-protection at all. I argue that both anti- and pro-gun discourses, drawing on and reproducing race and class privileges, use assumptions about women's physical inferiority to further their agendas. I highlight how both sides have used guns as the proxy for self-defense and conclude by calling for a shift in public discourse to focus on the broader question of the right to self-defense rather than the narrower question of gun rights.


gun control; gun rights; self-defense

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