Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary 2008 (144):180-192 (2008)

Jim Vernon
York University
Now that she has retired from public life, philosophers can begin to understand the cultural phenomenon that was Cindy Sheehan, the generally recognized (and self-professed) “‘Face’ of the American anti-war movement.”1 Why did the Iraq War produce domestic resistance led by someone whose moral credentials consisted solely in being a mother? Why was the cartoon-cowboy masculinity of the war president opposed by the equally hyperbolic familial femininity of the “eternally grieving mother of Casey Sheehan”? In what follows, I seek to comprehend the emergence of both the Iraq War and the “face” of its opposition through the most notorious account..
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