Nuclear Tests and National Virility: Gender and Sexual Politics of Militarization


Oza, Rupal. 2006. “Nuclear Tests and National Virility: Gender and Sexual Politics of Militarization.” In Making of Neoliberal India: Nationalism, Gender, and the Paradoxes of Globalization, 103–33. New York: Routledge.

Author: Rupal Oza


"In this chapter, I explore more fully some of the nascent issues raised earlier, particularly those concerned with national pride and capability. Here am I am concerned with the ways in which these discourses intertwine with masculinity to articulate national capability and status. For instance, during the Miss World Pageant, efforts by the event managers, Amitabh Bachchan Corporation Limited, and the state were focused on projecting India’s capability in hosting an international event to prove that “we can do it better than a western country” (Sanghvi 1996). In this chapter, I explore the articulation of the nation in globalization and contrast feminized rhetoric of protection, purity, and contamination with masculinized rhetoric of capability, strength, and virility” (Oza 2006, 103).

Topics: Gender, Military Forces & Armed Groups, Militarism, Militarization, Sexuality, Weapons /Arms, Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

Year: 2006

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