17 Can. J. Women & L. 341 (2005)
How Is White Supremacy Embodied - Sexualized Racial Violence at Abu Ghraib

handle is hein.journals/cajwol17 and id is 355 raw text is: How Is White Supremacy Embodied?
Sexualized Racial Violence at Abu Ghraib
Sherene H. Razack
La violence qu'ont subie les prisonniers iraquiens a Abu Ghraib, aux mains de
soldats, femmes et hommes, des Etats-Unis d'Amrique et du Royaume Uni,
6tait trds clairement sexualise. Une pyramide de prisonniers mdles nus, foreds
de simuler la sodomie, communiquait de facon graphique que le projet de
l'empire, la domination de l'Occident par rapport au non-Occident, exige des
infusions puissantes d'une hdtjrosexualit  et d'un patriarcat violents. Le present
article explore la lepon a tirer de l'incident d'Abu Ghraib sur la fapon dont
l'empire prend corps et comment il vient d exister par de multiples systdmes de
domination. Dans la premi&e partie, l'auteure discute du rdle des pratiques
visuelles et de la production de hierarchies sexuelles,  lment essentiel en raison
des 1800 photos de torture. Une deuxidme partie analyse la violence comme
rituel qui permet aux hommes blancs d'atteindre un sens de maitrise sur l'Autre
racialis , en mime temps qu'elle fournit une intimitM sexualisde interdite par la
suprdmatie et le patriarcat blancs. Dans la troisime partie de cet article,
l'auteure tudie le r6le des femmes blanches a Abu Ghraib, soutenant que cest
comme membres de leur race que l'on peut le mieux saisir la participation des
femmes 6 cette violence-participation qui facilite la mime maitrise et intimitM
genre que la violence raciale procure aux hommes blancs. En conclusion,
l'auteure examine le rdgime de la terreur raciale illustrde par Abu Ghraib et
d'autres endroits, en  insistant sur la terreur comme un     <' march  de
mythologies > qui organise la mani re par laquelle les corps en viennent d
exprimer les arrangements raciaux de l'empire.
The violence inflicted on Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib, by both male and
female American and British soldiers, was very clearly sexualized. A pyramid
of naked male prisoners forced to simulate sodomy conveyed graphically that
the project of empire, the West's domination of the non-West, requires strong
infusions of a violent heterosexuality and patriarchy. This article explores
what we can learn from Abu Ghraib about how empire is embodied and how
it comes into existence through multiple systems of domination. In the first
part, I discuss the role of visual practices and the making of racial hierarchies,
a consideration made necessary by the 1,800 photos of torture. In the second
part, I consider the violence as a ritual that enables white men to achieve
a sense of mastery over the racial other, at the same time that it provides
This article owes a great deal to the research assistance and insight of Gada Mahrouse,
Carmela Murdocca, and Leslie Thielen-Wilson.

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