I have been interested in the rise of these images on social media; often, people who would be proudly anti-war usually, post photos of women at war with some pride. As if war is somehow better, now that women have guns, too.
All of these are images found on social media. I’m interested in the way they’re spread, without any context. Are these the good guys or the bad guys?
TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY DELIL SOULEIMAN – Syriac Christian Ormia, member of the battalion called the “Female Protection Forces of the Land Between the Two Rivers” fighting the Islamic State group, poses during a training on December 1, 2015 at their camp in the town of al-Qahtaniyah, near the Syrian-Turkish border (aka Kabre Hyore in Syriac, and Tirbespi in Kurdish). The 50 graduates that counts the battalion are following in the footsteps of Syria’s other main female force battling the jihadists — the women of the YPJ, the female counterpart to the Kurdish People’s Protection Units or YPG. AFP PHOTO / DELIL SOULEIMAN / AFP / DELIL SOULEIMAN (Photo credit should read DELIL SOULEIMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
HOLE, SYRIA – NOVEMBER 09: November 9, 2015 in Hassica, Rojava, Syria. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)