• April 25th, 2016

by Samania 

pt. I
something is wrong
this is temporary
sweet but not serious
curious but not aware
ill but arousing
a beautiful phase
drowning in tears, not their own
fleeting, confused
oscillating between feeling and numbness

most depictions of […]

Poland: A change so good, it makes you want to cry

  • March 31st, 2016

by Magdalena Mikulak Following its election victory in October 2015, Poland’s right-wing Law and Justice party (PiS) has been on an offensive that has left many people, both inside and outside of the country, concerned about the future of Polish democracy. The blitzkrieg of ‘good change’ (PiS’s campaign slogan) included effectively paralysing the Constitutional Tribunal – which sparked protests across the country – taking over the public […]

A Brief History of Women’s History

  • March 29th, 2016

by Nicole Bourbonnais “Where are the women?”  When Cynthia Enloe posed this question in 1989, she was thinking about the world of international politics. But the question has also been a driving force for a number of historians who have sought to move beyond the narratives of “great men” that have tended to dominate our understanding of the past.  In honour […]

Size Matters

  • March 21st, 2016

by Kimberly Killen A lot has been made of the U.S. Republican party’s primary campaign’s descent into a figurative “dick- measuring contest” during candidate events, interviews and even debates. While many have criticized such exchanges, pointing to them as symbolic of a larger problem, a part of the GOP’s identity crisis or the further erosion of civility in politics, it […]

An honourable MENtion to being a man about International Women’s Day

  • March 16th, 2016

by Callum Watson  [1] On 8 March, we celebrated International Women’s Day. To misquote from an often cited statistic, 95% of men immediately think “What about International MEN’s Day?!” when International Women’s Day is mentioned. The other 5% are liars.[2] Many will not have voiced this openly. Those of us working in gender-related fields may have felt guilty about it afterwards. […]

Impressions from Brazil: The international day of everything but women’s rights

  • March 10th, 2016

Our own Louisa Acciari has written up her impressions and analysis from International Women’s Day in Brazil. We are pleased to share her account of the march for women’s rights in São Paulo amidst political tensions in the country. Today was a very sad and disappointing day in São Paulo. The march for women’s rights, traditionally gathering about a 100 feminist organisations […]

The Issue of Gender Equality in Confucian Culture

  • January 18th, 2016

by Yutang Jin The issue of gender equality has long been raised in South Korea, and this problem turns out to be especially prominent in the current job market. Despite the number of female graduates employed bypassing male graduates, according to the survey recently published by the Ministry of Education in South Korea, women still linger behind men in the […]

Interrogating Trudeau’s Brand of Equality “Because it’s 2015”

  • November 9th, 2015

by Julia Hartviksen Last week, former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper tendered his resignation after nearly ten years of Conservative government under his leadership. On Wednesday, Justin Trudeau was sworn in as Canada’s new Prime Minister, after one of the longest election periods in Canadian history. He took his oath alongside his newly appointed cabinet of 15 women and 15 […]

The Polish Parliamentary Elections 2015: A Gender Analysis

  • November 3rd, 2015

On 25 October, 50,92% of Polish citizens entitled to vote exercised their right to do so in the parliamentary elections. Yet, it is not the low turn out that made this year’s election unusual (turn out for the 2011 elections was 48,9%), but the sweeping victory for the right. The results gave the conservative right-wing party Prawo i Sprawiedliwość (PiS) […]

Someone you know: the Rapist. Examining perpetration at the Clear Lines Festival

  • October 5th, 2015

“Sister to sister you sound my grief with your heart beats.” (Ruth Graham 2012) In the midst of dissertation writing season, from the 30th July to the 2nd August, the first ever festival about consent and sexual violence, Clear Lines, came to South London, in a bold attempt to replace the “shame and silence usually associated with this issue, with insight, understanding and community“. […]

The Attack Against Mamá Maquín and Guatemala’s “Eternal Spring”

  • September 28th, 2015

2016 will mark 20 years since the signature of the Guatemalan Peace Accords, which brought an end to Guatemala’s 36-year long armed conflict and genocide. The war’s casualties included over 200,000 mostly Mayan indigenous lives and thousands of disappeared and displaced. Yet, despite being a country officially at peace, high rates of ongoing violence – from violent crime to attacks […]

Women have nothing to be forgiven for

The Pope’s recent declaration regarding abortion could be seen as hopeful news for women and those that can experience pregnancy, and was acclaimed by some as a radical turn. By allowing priests to “absolve the sin of abortion”, the Pope seems to be willing to open a space for dialogue within religious institutions and to progressively adapt official dogma to […]

Sarah Schulman on ‘Conflict Is Not Abuse’: Rethinking Community Responsibility Outside of the State Apparatus

Abuse as ‘Power Over’ and Conflict as ‘Power Struggle’ Sarah Schulman, a long-standing U.S. activist and author of internationally recognized novels, plays and films, was invited to participate in the 2015 Sexuality Summer School on queer art and activism, held in May at the University of Manchester. From her engagement with Act Up in New York in the late 1980s […]