"How Can I Feel for Others When I Myself Am Beaten?" The Impact of the Armed Conflict on Women in Israel


Sachs, Dalia,  Amalia Sa’ar, and Sarai Aharoni. 2007. "‘How Can I Feel for Others When I Myself Am Beaten?’ The Impact of the Armed Conflict on Women in Israel." Sex Roles 57 (7): 593-606.

Authors: Dalia Sachs, Amalia Sa'ar, Sarai Aharoni


This research presents an initial documentation of Israeli women’s sense of insecurity during the Second Intifada (2001–2005). Drawing on feminist security theory and the intersectional approach to gender, we hypothesized that women’s familiar tendency to develop high levels of stress following political violence would be related to previous sexual and domestic victimization, to economic distress and ethnic discrimination among minority women, and to the cultural role of care workers among women of all socio-economic backgrounds. A sample of 552 women self-completed a cluster of questionnaires addressing a broad array of topics, and results confirmed most of the research hypotheses. The discussion highlights the multiple articulations of gender, militarism, and security and their possible implications for policies of conflict resolution.

Keywords: feminist security theory, Israel, militarism, women's stress and wellbeing

Topics: Feminisms, Gender, Women, Health, Mental Health, Military Forces & Armed Groups, Militarism, Security Regions: MENA, Asia, Middle East Countries: Israel

Year: 2007

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