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    The killing of Elianne Andam – patriarchy as a theory of gender

The killing of Elianne Andam – patriarchy as a theory of gender

by Alanah Mortlock

On the 27 September 2023, a 15-year-old girl – a child – was fatally stabbed on her way to school. A 17-year-old boy believed to be the one who killed her has been taken into custody, charged with her murder on the 29 September 2023. This happened in Croydon, on Wellesley Road just outside the Whitgift shopping […]

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    Wednesday, the 28th of June, 2023: Anti-Gender Violence in Canada

Wednesday, the 28th of June, 2023: Anti-Gender Violence in Canada

by Emily Sams-Harris

On Wednesday, the 28th of June, 2023, in the city colonially known as Ottawa, Canada, far-right anti-gender protestors stood outside the National Arts Centre of Canada and shouted violent, hateful messages during a Drag Story Time for the second time in recent months.

On Wednesday, the 28th of June, 2023, in the city colonially known as Waterloo, Canada, […]

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    The threats and possibilities awaiting the gender-equal democracy in Turkey after the 2023 general elections

The threats and possibilities awaiting the gender-equal democracy in Turkey after the 2023 general elections

by Didem Unal

The parliamentary and presidential elections on 14 May 2023 mark a turning point in Turkey for gender-equal democracy. As the country enters its second century, AKP (Justice and Development Party), the party in power since 2002, is facing the most consolidated opposition of the last two decades. Turkey’s six-party opposition coalition composed of the major opposition party, […]

Non-Obvious Connections: How Feminism Becomes Transphobic?

by Olga Plakhotnik and Maria Mayerchyk

Queer Festival in Kherson (Ukraine), 2021. Photo credit: Stanislav Ostrous. Published with permission from the author.

Why are some feminists transphobic? How did it happen that a considerable part of feminist communities aligns with the conservative anti-gender movements in producing anti-transgender public discourse? Sadly, we cannot share Judith Butler’s opinion that transphobic feminists are a minority. […]

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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 […]

The International of Antifeminists

By Leandra Bias

This essay was originally published in German on 6 June 2022 in the Swiss magazine Republik. I thank the LSE Engenderings collective for accepting to publish an English translation and for their editor Oksana Potapova’s support in editing it.

Vladimir Putin said it all himself, we just have to listen carefully. When the Russian president tried to legitimize […]

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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 […]

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    From Discourses to Actors: How Analyzing the Christian Right Can Further Our Understanding of Anti-gender Mobilization

From Discourses to Actors: How Analyzing the Christian Right Can Further Our Understanding of Anti-gender Mobilization

By Ivan Tranfić and Timo Koch 

The study of anti-gender movements highlights the discursive dimension of opposition to gender and sexual equality (GSE). The ‘gender ideology’ (GI) frame is used to denounce women’s and LGBTIQ+ equality as an attack on the essence of the sex binary and the corresponding family model centered around procreation, conservative morality, and nativism. It paints a […]

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    Sexuality, Masculinity, and Populist Radical Right Leadership

Sexuality, Masculinity, and Populist Radical Right Leadership

by Nik Linders

Populist radical right parties (PRR) are often classified as gender-conservative. But the role of gender and sexuality in their discourse is actually complex and varied. In our recently published research article, we compare the discourse of three relatively successful Dutch populist radical right leaders (Pim Fortuyn, Geert Wilders, and Thierry Baudet). We focus particularly on masculinity and sexuality. […]

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    What anti-gender and anti-vaccines politics have in common – the construction of gender and the Covid-19 pandemic in right-wing discourses

What anti-gender and anti-vaccines politics have in common – the construction of gender and the Covid-19 pandemic in right-wing discourses

By Ann-Kathrin Rothermel

In the first week of 2022, I was invited to give a guest lecture about anti-gender activism and the role of the university in and for right-wing discourses and mobilization strategies[i]. To prepare for the talk, I went back to the literature on the anti-gender movements, which mobilized around the concept of ‘gender ideology’ in Europe and […]

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