Women, Mothers, Soldiers: Protest in the Israeli Context
Women and especially mothers of the fighting soldiers are put in an emotionally contradictory situation: As mothers, or virtual mothers, they tend to protect their children/soldiers from any risk; But as a patriotic, loyal, devoted member of their society they are supposed to encourage and back the soldiers to fulfil their military duty: fight for their country and even be ready to sacrifice their life. In that sense women/mothers role is socially critical, although they usually are not the actual participant in the fighting.
In this paper I will discuss the periodical change in Israeli women/mothers attitude along time on the background of societal-ideological cracks that gave rise to various forms of women protest.
P.S. MachsoWatch, the largest women protest organization, will serve as a case in point to contextualize my discussion.