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Dangerous Discourses

Feminism, Gun Violence, and Civic Life

Catherine R. Squires

Dangerous Discourses brings together new work by feminist scholars who provide a multifaceted view of the ways contemporary media discourses inscribe particular understandings of gendered social identities, gun violence, and public policy.
The chapters examine multiple media locations where discourses about guns and violence against women proliferate, including social media, mainstream news, National Rifle Association-sponsored magazines, gun research, public policy debates, popular magazines, and television drama. 
Utilizing theory and empirical research, this book helps us see more clearly how gender, sexuality, and other intersecting identities must be included in analysis of media discourses of guns and gendered violence.  The authors discuss the role of patriarchal ideologies, and center feminist thought and concerns in order to get beyond the one-liners, sound bites, and truisms about bad guys, the Second Amendment, mental health, and personal freedom that currently dominate public debates about guns and violence. 
With its unique views on the ways gun violence and gender inflect each other in the United States, this book is designed for courses in media studies, women’s studies, and sociology.
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Chapter 6. Making Visible Victimhood, Bringing Intersectionality to a Mass Shooting: #SAYHERNAME, Black Women, and Charleston


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#SAYHERNAME, Black Women, and Charleston

Catherine R. Squires

Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, known as “Mother Emanuel,” is a historic Black church in Charleston, South Carolina. Mother Emanuel, one of the oldest Black congregations in the United States, is a symbol of resistance to white supremacy, with ties to slave rebellions and other civil rights actions since the early 19th century.1 In this sanctuary of faith and resistance, members of its congregation met for their usual prayer meeting on June 17, 2015. The meeting was, as at so many Black churches, attended by mostly women. Joining them that evening was a young white man. But this young man was not there to worship or to gain fellowship: he was there to murder Black people with his concealed Glock 41, armed with eight magazines containing hollow point bullets. Six Black women and three Black men died from the gunshots: Rev. Depayne Middleton, Rev. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, Ethel Lance, Myra Thompson, Cynthia Hurd, Susie Jackson, Pastor Rev. Clementa Pinkney, Daniel Simmons, and Tywanza Sanders. The oldest victim was 87; the youngest was 26.

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