Gender and Sexuality
The ‘crisis of masculinity’ thesis focuses solely on changing gender relations in post-apartheid South Africa, and is inadequate for explaining the high level of gender-based violence.
The Developmental State is usually regarded as one of the most successful models for economic growth. But that model’s success is built upon gender inequalities that hinder progress for women.
The current human rights framework, while tackling sexual rights, fails to take local contexts into account, thus increasing discrimination and limiting the impact of local activists.
An increased focus on communication and reconciliation over individualism could have the potential to bring a more peaceful orientation to foreign policy issues.
Feminist theorists aim to expose gender biases in IR theories, transforming our understanding of central concepts, and reconstructing gender-neutral outlooks of international politics.
Feminist theories highlight how traditional concepts of power concentrate on masculine notions of power as domination and disregard power emerging from the margins of society.
The gendered approach uncovers information through non-traditional sources, and can tell theorists more about a conflict or national sentiment than regular statistics and game theory.
The need for a gendered approach to peacebuilding has been acknowledged, but the link between rhetoric and policy implementation remains questionable.