As the authoritarian grasp tightens in Russia, resistance to heteronormativity and neo-conservative gender rules has become difficult but necessary.
Gender and Sexuality
Contemporary perceptions of combatants underline how the masculine–aggressive and feminine–passive nexus still lies at the heart of gender and the war system.
By utilising gender as a key conceptual tool of analysis, different dimensions of the impact of the Syrian conflict on displaced populations can be examined.
Under the guise of women’s ‘empowerment’ and and ‘rights to ones own body,’ Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori disguised the economic ideology of the regime.
From popular culture in India, we can identify examples of the strategic deployment of women’s agency. Discussions of agency are necessary for feminist resistance.
Conventional theories of IR have not taken gender into account. This is in part due to a state-centric focus and an exclusive conception of gender in the field.
By exercising both the Western colonialist stance and discursive colonialism, “Half the Sky” acts as a roadblock for the very women it supports.
By engendering border studies, we can better recognise the impact of gender on status, access to resources, political participation and the formation of state policies.
The postcolonial concept of the ‘Other’ puts power in binary terms & disempowers woman – women & policymakers should abandon the concept but retain cultural sensitivity.
Sex work is not legitimate work or an expression of agency. It is a social issue which can be tackled through delegitimising consumers rather than alienating prostitutes.
Whilst the deployment of female engagement teams in Afghanistan may have signaled a symbolic change in how COIN is practiced, their existence plays only a supporting role.