Sexual Difference in Times of War: The Poetry of Piedad Morales and The Ruta Pacífica de las Mujeres

  • Cherilyn Elston
Part of the Breaking Feminist Waves book series (BFW)


This chapter tells the story of women’s greater political participation in Colombia not just in armed groups but in the growing human rights and peace movements from the 1990s. Looking at the emergence of the feminist and pacifist organization, the Ruta Pacífica, Elston traces their use of a discourse of sexual difference feminism to show how this challenges predominant narratives of Western feminist history, which consign sexual difference to the “essentialist” past. The chapter explores the relationship between women’s social movements in Colombia and the non-canonical women’s poetry movement, looking at how a feminine symbolic order related to peace is articulated in the poetry of the unknown poet Piedad Morales (1956–2012).


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