Woman as Caretaker: An Archetype That Supports Patriarchal Militarism
Article first published online: 9 JAN 2009
1994 by Hypatia, Inc.
Special Issue: Feminism and Peace
Volume 9, Issue 2, pages 123–133, May 1994
How to Cite
KAPLAN, L. D. (1994), Woman as Caretaker: An Archetype That Supports Patriarchal Militarism. Hypatia, 9: 123–133. doi: 10.1111/j.1527-2001.1994.tb00436.x
- Issue published online: 9 JAN 2009
- Article first published online: 9 JAN 2009
Feminist peace theories that find hope for peace in the ideal of the caretaking woman are grounded in patriarchal gender distinctions, fail to challenge adequately the patriarchal dualism that constitutes the self by devaluing the other, and the practice of caretaking about which they speak may be easily co-opted into the service of war. Feminist peace theory should address the devaluation of “others,” in order to undermine this justification and motivation for war.