reminds us that while the very act of watching TV shows might appear to be a personal act, it is, in fact, profoundly political.
Indeed for Shepherd, popular television shows bridge the gap between deliberate analytical work and subconscious dreams.
I also discuss how the very configuration of ‘gender security’ itself matters, through a detailed examination of two policy-related deliberations that activists have been involved in: feminist-pacifism and domestic violence.
The thread running through this analysis is the insight that the way in which conflict and post-conflict is conceptualised matters in the shaping of gender security discourse.
Through a perception that ‘gender security’ is a discourse that is performed and reiterated, I investigate the way in which activist articulations about UNSCR 1325 have been made.
In the book, I investigate how activists reach their individual and organisational position on gender security by paying attention to their gender politics (a term that I use to describe the profile held by individuals or organisations about gender, feminism and feminist organising) and senses of security and insecurity.Critically, life, struggles, ambitions and history: forming an imagination.Imaginations conjure up a text about our world: guide images of our world, shape senses of our world and invoke conceptualisations of our world.For Enloe, the personal is political because power relations determine aspects of our lives that we imagine to be private.Noticing power relations means that ‘the personal is political’ becomes a deceptively simple feminist insight – indeed, a ‘disturbing’ insight.In response to these concerns, Hanisch wrote her paper – which was given the title ‘the personal is political’ by someone else – to point out that these sessions were hugely political and drew attention to the political power of all these (apparently) private worries, fears and hopes.The aim of these sessions was to demonstrate that problems in women’s lives should not be dismissed as being merely ‘personal’ but that these apparently ‘personal’ issues were in fact systematic forms of oppression.The rest of this article expands on the notion of personal-political imaginations and briefly considers the broader significance of this framework for understanding how gender security discourse is configured in particular ways.The Personal is Political: Feminist Perspectives and Insights The popular feminist insight, ‘the personal is political’, is derived from the title of Carol Hanisch’s 1969 essay (published in 1970).(2015), seeks to make sense of the politics of gender security in Serbia.Internationally, gender security concerns have been heightened by the presence of UNSCR 1325, a UN Security Council resolution which urges for the inclusion of gender in post-conflict processes.