I had to look up the word War and I’m glad that I did, because the singular word War, in this context is a big flummoxing.
One of the secondary definitions of War is “A state of conflict”, which is extremely accurate in this context.
Of more interest though, is that “War” is specifically referring to conflicts between Nations and “Civil War” is in reference to a conflict between parts of a State of Nation. While “Imperfect War” is regarding a limit to places, persons and things.
I wrote yesterday, in this discussion, that I was adverse to the word War in this context, since it conjures up such specific images to me, regarding soldiers on battle fields, with Generals in command and Nations or States having a specific purpose or end that they are seeking. Then I elaborated upon an analogy of Socialism, the men being the State in power over the women being the citizens. But, although that is somewhat accurate, it isn’t very gripping, nor does the utterance of “Socialism” bring to mind what women around the world are enduring everyday.
So, I am wondering, what are your thoughts Ana, on the use of the term “Imperfect War” as a more specific and possibly more apt description of what’s going on.
Quimbee Law defines “Imperfect War” as, “ War that has not been formally declared by Congress, in which authorization to commit hostile acts is limited to certain people, times, and places.”.
That definition brings to mind men defending their destruction of women by stating that they were authorized to do so because of, in places like India, an inborn superiority to women, or in the USA, because of an absurd claim that the knife she grabbed in the kitchen to defend herself with, was a mortal threat to him, and thus he “accidentally” killed her in his own self defense.
Would those instances not contort to “an authorization to commit a hostile act against a person at a place at a time”? when Cops, Juries and Judges often just go along with it?
The BBC radio documentary program “Crossing Continents” had an episode titled “India: Resisting Rape”. Which can be listened to here:
One year on from the attack in Delhi, the experience of women who've chosen to report rapewww.bbc.co.uk
It is, to my mind at least, a very definition of “Imperfect War”. The more I write that phrase and think about it, the more I like it.
If you or I say to someone, “There is an Imperfect War on Women.”. It will likely bring the response, “What in the hell are you talking about? What’s an “Imperfect War”?”. Which allows one to speak directly about the matter, instead of having to defend the use of the word “War”, which people have a specific and entrenched attachment to.
Pardon my inane rambling, I’m just trying to figure out how to help.