I'm growing fascinated by the gendered rhetoric of the Sri Lankan conflict, especially around the question of rape. Something like a third of the Tamil guerrilla fighters are women, and there's a tremendous amount of literature
available on the acts of rape committed by the Sinhalese military against Tamil women (and occasionally against men in prison), and a very high-minded rhetoric among the Tamil Tigers on how *their* fighters *never* engage in rape. They are in fact forbidden any sexual activity or marriage until they've served as guerrilla fighters for at least five years; I can't speak with any certainty to how extensively that theory is put into practice, though the consensus appears to be that the discipline is fairly well-obeyed.
So myths (which I'm using here not to imply that the myths are fictional, but rather to consider them as powerful and motivating narratives) of Tamil virginity and endangered or ravished womanhood have been thoroughly co-opted into the Tigers' military struggle, and especially their recruitment efforts.
I can't seem to find any academic work on this particular subject. You'd think *someone* in gender studies or feminist theory would have written about it by now...