Turning Motherhood into a Political Campaign

The Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo is a human rights organization consisting entirely of mothers of disappeared children during the Argentine Dirty War. The initial goal of the Mothers was to inform the President of the disappearances: that’s why they chose to protest weekly in the Plaza de Mayo because it was across from the President’s house. The Argentine Dirty War was a time of mass ‘disappearances’ which resulted in the loss of a generation. The military dictatorship attempted to wipe out everyone who opposed them, ranging from babies to the old.[1] Newspapers all around the world covered the protests of the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo and the public attention helped the Mothers stop the

The Manchurian Candidate: Politics of Gender and Sexuality in 1960s Cold War Cinema

In many Cold War films of the 1960s, the dangers of femininity were stressed as causes for communism or other moral failures of men. This alleged danger was prominent in films such as The Red Menace (1962), where communism was linked to sexual deviance and the exploitation of women’s sexuality specifically through the character Mollie O’Flaherty. These links are intensified in The Manchurian Candidate (1962) through the character Mrs. Iselin, the wife of Senator Iselin, and the mother of Raymond Shaw. Scholar Tony Jackson claimed that in the film “gender issues become even more important than political issues,” based on Mrs. Iselin’s predominant concern with the lust for power, rather than h

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