anti-gender

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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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    Re-centring white victimhood in the age of Black Lives Matter: a ‘gender critical’ project?

Re-centring white victimhood in the age of Black Lives Matter: a ‘gender critical’ project?

By Ilaria Michelis

Self-proclaimed ‘gender critical’ feminists have grown increasingly loud within the UK political space over recent years. The last few months alone have provided ample evidence of their expanding influence within governmental circles, non-profit and corporate environments. The impact of their rhetoric and political action has been and will continue to be devastating for trans people, from the […]

Worthy of Respect

by Jacob Breslow

What does it mean, in the context of higher education and in the context of a sustained political and cultural attack on trans people and their rights, that ‘gender critical’ views have been judged as “a philosophical belief within the meaning of s.10 of the Equality Act 2010”, as decided in Maya Forstater’s Employment Appeal Tribunal? To […]

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    When Solidarity Comes to the Rescue, We Need to Ask if it’s Equitable

When Solidarity Comes to the Rescue, We Need to Ask if it’s Equitable

By Ján Michalko

A wooden spoon. This humble kitchen utensil became the symbol for this year’s protest campaign of gender equality activists in Slovakia. At its launch, Zuzana Maďarová from feminist organisation ASPEKT explained that spoons represent women’s hidden and underappreciated care work. The campaigners thus turned to spoons to become beacons, bringing to the limelight gender-based inequalities that Slovak […]

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    Policing the borders of sex/gender in Kuwait: on transmisogyny and state-mediated violence

Policing the borders of sex/gender in Kuwait: on transmisogyny and state-mediated violence

by Nour Almazidi

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“Have you heard about Maha?”

On June 5, 2020, I woke up to a flood of messages asking if I have seen the series of Snapchat videos that Maha Al-Mutairi, a Kuwaiti transgender woman publicly posted while she drove to a detention centre to be arrested and jailed under Article 198 for […]

Backlash: A misleading narrative

by David Paternotte (Université libre de Bruxelles)[1]

On 13 February 2019, the European Parliament adopted a resolution “on experiencing a backlash in women’s rights and gender equality in the EU”. Following a report by the FEMM committee on the situation in Austria, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania and Slovakia, this text defines backlash as “a resistance to progressive social change, regression on […]

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    Whose freedom, and from what?: The child as cipher for a (transnational) politics of ‘traditional values’

Whose freedom, and from what?: The child as cipher for a (transnational) politics of ‘traditional values’

by Maria Brock

Awareness of increasing (and increasingly politicised) sentiment against so-called ‘gender ideology’ is spreading, and no longer merely confined to academic and activist circles. Indeed, while her work is considered notoriously inaccessible to those outside academe, Judith Butler, one of the icons of gender and queer theory since the publication of Gender Trouble (1990), enraged far right Christian […]

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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 […]

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 […]

Anti-Genderism in the Non-West: Looking from the Other Side

by Siran Hovhannisyan

Anti-gender mobilizations are one of the recent social movements that have been active in Europe and other parts of the world since the mid-2000s. The concepts of gender, gender identity and other related social phenomena have been studied by scholars of different backgrounds – but most profoundly by gender studies scholars – for decades. Currently, many societies […]

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