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The new episode of anti-gender politics in Turkey

by Alev Özkazanç

As we approached the 8 March 2019 International Women’s Day, an unexpected and novel occurrence appeared on the horizon of Turkish (anti)gender politics. Something happened, something alarming, which shows the shocking pace with which an anti-gender movement is emerging in tandem with global anti-gender movements. A strong governmental policy to undermine gender equality has already been […]

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    KADEM’s ‘Gender Justice’ or the Momentum of Anti-genderism in Turkey

KADEM’s ‘Gender Justice’ or the Momentum of Anti-genderism in Turkey

by Tutku Ayhan

Sumeyye Erdogan, daughter of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and the vice-chair of pro-government women’s organization KADEM [Kadin ve Demokrasi Dernegi / Women and Democracy Association] said the following during the opening of organization’s branch office in Aksaray: “KADEM bases itself on the wisdom of its own land, principles of its own faith. [As an organization] it […]

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    ‘What really draws men to war?’ Masculinity and conflict in the work of Tim Hetherington

‘What really draws men to war?’ Masculinity and conflict in the work of Tim Hetherington

by Daniel Cullen

On 20 April 2011, photojournalist Tim Hetherington was killed while on assignment in Libya, amid government forces’ shelling of the besieged city of Misrata. Having spent many years covering global conflicts, including in Liberia, Afghanistan, and Sri Lanka, Hetherington had become widely renowned as a war photographer – although this was a label he rejected. He instead […]

April 23rd, 2019|Featured|1 Comment|
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    Fighting for and against (homo) sexualities in Chile: The case of reparative practices

Fighting for and against (homo) sexualities in Chile: The case of reparative practices

by Tomás Ojeda 

I am writing this piece in the aftermath of a series of attacks against women and LGBTQ people in Chile. Numbers speak for themselves: more than ten femicides, lesbo and transphobic attacks have been committed to date, some of them right after the international women’s day. Under these circumstances, feminist, lesbian and trans activists have called to stand […]

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    What the media circus surrounding Shamima Begum can teach us about gender and nation

What the media circus surrounding Shamima Begum can teach us about gender and nation

by Harriet Farnham

As the so-called caliphate defends its last stronghold in the town of Baghuz, Shamima Begum is back in the media spotlight. Four years since she left the UK to join ISIS, the 19 year old is asking to return home. The sensationalist and islamophobic media circus surrounding Begum should not surprise us; we’ve seen this all before in […]

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    Is a picture really worth a thousand words? Posters In and About the British Women’s Suffrage Movement

Is a picture really worth a thousand words? Posters In and About the British Women’s Suffrage Movement

by Dean Cooper-Cunningham

In 2018, the UK celebrated the centenary of (some) women’s suffrage. This came on the back of the Global Women’s Marches that protested the election of Donald Trump following his anti-women statements and the more general anti-feminist sentiment (re)surging worldwide. What became clear from the Women’s Marches was the power of visual material in protests. Protestors used […]

March 18th, 2019|Featured, Politics|0 Comments|
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    In Defence of Women: Anti-gender Campaigns and Abortion in Chile

In Defence of Women: Anti-gender Campaigns and Abortion in Chile

by Lieta Vivaldi 

In Chile the bill that allows abortion on three grounds – when a woman’s life is in danger, when there are foetal anomalies incompatible with life, and in the case of rape – was approved, after a long discussion, in August 2017 and then published in September the same year. In December 2017, the right-wing candidate Sebastián Piñera […]

Brazilian presidential election: a perfect catastrophe?

by Sonia Corrêa

 

Time to mourn

Politics is both reasoning and affect. This is how a first version of this essay, written in the immediate aftermath of the Brazilian 2018 elections, began. The reasonable charting of what happened in Brazil was urgent, but also a painful exercise to engage with. Having watched, for many years, the building up of Brazilian conservative […]

Using Gender to Understand how Daesh/Islamic State Governs

by Katherine E. Brown

 

A destroyed part of Raqqa. Photo Credit: Mahmoud Bali (VOA)

Since I wrote that so-called Islamic State (known as Daesh or ISIS) is a proto-state in Revisiting Gendered States in early 2018, it no longer governs territory the size of Britain. This has led many to anticipate its imminent demise as a governing entity, reducing its status […]

February 20th, 2019|Featured, Politics|0 Comments|

LGBT activism and the census: A battle half-won?

by Laurence Cooley 

In December, the British government published its plans for the next census of England and Wales, to be held in 2021. The white paper proposes the addition of three new questions to the census, including one on gender identity and one on sexual orientation. While the census is administered separately in Scotland and Northern Ireland, there is a […]

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