Feminist Geopolitics Revisited: Body Counts in Iraq


  • *The author would like to thank Karen Dias and Jennifer Blecha for their editorial work and intellectual inspiration for this article as well as the speaker series that preceded it. The Department of Geography at the University of Minnesota generously supported a series of discussions on feminist geography that gave life to this article. I am grateful to the anonymous reviewers, as well as to Bruce Braun, Alison Mountz, and Sara Koopman for their insights and comments on earlier versions of the talk and manuscript.


Feminist geography and political geography still represent two solitudes within the discipline. While increased traffic between these different parts of the discipline points to a degree of intellectual engagement, there remains a paucity of feminist thought in political geography. This article examines recent scholarship on feminist political geography, with a view to applying its insights to the struggles to protest and end political violence. The concept of feminist geopolitics is employed and recast, both as a bridging concept between feminist and political geography and as an analytical approach that has political valence in the context of the war in Iraq. Feminist geopolitics is revisited in this article, but remains a critical analytic in relation to body counts and other casualties in war zones.