Gendered violence in the Arab revolutions are political. Amidst the chaos of the revolution emerged new forms of violence that targeted women. It was through fear and trauma that the Arab governments tried to regulate female bodies. The Government’s regulation implied that violence against women was the same as violence against the revolution. Johanna Oksala states, “Violence is often the ultimate threat through which a power relation is established and upheld.” The torture of women was symbolic of “power and hierarchy” that the government had over them. Using this violence, the government intended to silence women. The government deployed...
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