Policy

Who can afford to commodify women’s bodies?

by Kashi Syal 

In September 2017, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West announced that their third child would be carried by a $45,000 surrogate. Only, it wasn’t West with whom the news outlets and search engines associated the surrogacy; rather, it was Kardashian who dominated the headlines. Likewise in 2009, Sarah Jessica Parker — not her famous husband Matthew Broderick— was the primary […]

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    Hindu supremacism, ‘anti-gender’ politics, and feminist resistance

Hindu supremacism, ‘anti-gender’ politics, and feminist resistance

by Kalpana Wilson

This contribution was first presented at the 2 December 2022 workshop on Transnational “Anti-Gender” Politics and Resistance, part of the AHRC-LSE project on Transnational ‘Anti-Gender’ Movements and Resistance: Narratives and Interventions.

Listening to Tooba Syed[i] speaking about the struggles in which feminist movements in Pakistan are currently engaged, the resonances with the current situation in India are inescapable. […]

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    Transnational “Anti-Gender” Politics and Resistance: Introduction to the 2 December 2022 AHRC Workshop, LSE

Transnational “Anti-Gender” Politics and Resistance: Introduction to the 2 December 2022 AHRC Workshop, LSE

by Clare Hemmings

This introduction is based on the initial comments given at the above workshop as part of Transnational ‘Anti-Gender’ Movements and Resistance: Narratives and Interventions project and is also a way of framing some of the blog posts from that day being published in Engenderings.

Since the summer of 2021, the Department of Gender Studies has been subject to […]

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    The UK government’s response to the Scottish Gender Recognition Act

The UK government’s response to the Scottish Gender Recognition Act

by Claire Thurlow

In this post, Claire Thurlow, a doctoral candidate in the School of Law & Politics at Cardiff University, discusses the UK government’s response to the Scottish Gender Recognition Act and counters the misinformation in circulation. She outlines the facts of the legislation and how interacts with the Equality Act, discusses what ‘self ID’ means in practice and explores the […]

The X marks us all: the lingering, living liminalities we write with

by Q Manivannan
“The code-name losses and compensations

Float in and around us through the window.

It helps to know what direction the body comes from.

It isn’t absolutely clear. In words

Bitter as a field of mustard we

Copy certain parts, then decline them.

These are not only gestures: they imply

Complex relations with one another…”

 
All Kinds of Caresses, John Ashberry

I gather and bundle together the […]

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    Embodying collective care through decolonial feminist praxis

Embodying collective care through decolonial feminist praxis

By Rosa dos Ventos Lopes Heimer, Marcela Terán and Tatiana Garavito

*Illustrations by Marcela Terán

In early 2020 as the pandemic broke out, we witnessed first hand the various ways in which our own lives and those of our communities have been deeply affected. As Latin American migrants living in London already separated from our families of origin, we were […]

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    A Tale of Two Obscene Publications Acts — A Brief and Incomplete Contextualisation of Obscenity Laws and Imperial Censorship in Sri Lanka

A Tale of Two Obscene Publications Acts — A Brief and Incomplete Contextualisation of Obscenity Laws and Imperial Censorship in Sri Lanka

by Senel Wanniarachchi

At a meeting held on 21 September 2021, the Sri Lankan Cabinet granted the nod to a new bill which, according to media reports, is being drafted to “prohibit any form of obscene publications, produced through information technology and other media.” Subsequently, clearance from the Attorney General’s Department appears to have been received for the Bill which is […]

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    A Feminist Intervention into Critiques of the Human Rights Approach in the Refugee Regime

A Feminist Intervention into Critiques of the Human Rights Approach in the Refugee Regime

by Jenifer Elmslie 

This June, this author had the pleasure of being asked to present at LSE’s Interdisciplinary Knowledge Beyond Boundaries conference; the following is a written piece based on her presentation.

The turn to the human rights approach by the refugee regime in recent decades has been received critically by refugee scholars. However, their arguments remain under-developed when compared to the […]

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    Women’s Policy Interests in the Public and Why They Matter

Women’s Policy Interests in the Public and Why They Matter

by Tevfik Murat Yildirim

Since Hanna Pitkin’s seminal work on representation, political theorists have long questioned the extent to which women’s policy interests and concerns can be represented by male politicians in legislatures. Due to women’s shared experiences and perspectives within the broader public, the argument goes on, electing more women to legislatures might further the substantive representation of women. While […]

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    Who is afraid of the rainbow? The politics of LGBTQ symbols in Turkey

Who is afraid of the rainbow? The politics of LGBTQ symbols in Turkey

by Tunay Altay

On 14 April 2021, a group of students from Turkey’s Middle East Technical University (Ortadogu Teknik Universiversitesi, ODTÜ) gathered at a staircase on campus in Ankara. This staircase was no different from any other staircase on the 11,100-acre campus, yet this was the third time in a fortnight that the students had met at the same point, carrying […]

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