Gender and Sexuality

Veiled Colonialism: A Feminist Criticism of the Half the Sky Movement

Veiled Colonialism: A Feminist Criticism of the Half the Sky Movement

By exercising both the Western colonialist stance and discursive colonialism, “Half the Sky” acts as a roadblock for the very women it supports.

What Does it Mean to ‘Engender’ the Study of Borders?

What Does it Mean to ‘Engender’ the Study of Borders?

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.

Who Might be ‘Othered’ in Today’s Development Debates?

Who Might be ‘Othered’ in Today’s Development Debates?

The postcolonial concept of the ‘Other’ puts power in binary terms & disempowers woman – women & policymakers should abandon the concept but retain cultural sensitivity.

Is Sex Work an Expression of Women’s Choice and Agency?

Is Sex Work an Expression of Women’s Choice and Agency?

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.

The Deployment of Female Counterinsurgents in Afghanistan

The Deployment of Female Counterinsurgents in Afghanistan

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.

Is Microcredit an Effective Policy Tool For Promoting Women’s Empowerment?

Is Microcredit an Effective Policy Tool For Promoting Women’s Empowerment?

MC Interventions do not promote women’s empowerment. Women in the developing world do not only experience a cash flow problem, but are caught in complex systems of subordination and inequality.

The Significance of Intersectionality for Feminist Political Theory

The Significance of Intersectionality for Feminist Political Theory

Intersectionality allows feminist theorists to account for the differences between women and provides a means of cooperation between scholars who have differing theoretical stances.

Evaluating the Integration of the South African Women’s Movement

Evaluating the Integration of the South African Women’s Movement

Neither the increased number of female participants in politics nor the establishment of the National Gender Machinery has improved women’s material conditions in South Africa.

Irish Defence Force Services and Masculine Identity

Irish Defence Force Services and Masculine Identity

The Irish Defence Forces creates soldiers by replacing individuality with an identity that embodies the Irish masculine ideal of being emotionally void, heterosexual, and strong.

Women’s Water Woes: Privatization and Reinforcement of Gender Inequality

Women’s Water Woes: Privatization and Reinforcement of Gender Inequality

The privatization and commoditization of water involves complex distributional choices that disproportionately impact women and girls living in slums and informal settlements.

Are Women’s Rights Human Rights?

Are Women’s Rights Human Rights?

A non-feminist approach to women’s human rights sees them as separate from or secondary to other human rights concerns, and does not take women’s lives and experiences into account.

Understanding Globalisation through Critical Gender Perspectives

Understanding Globalisation through Critical Gender Perspectives

As the study of globalisation evolves, gender perspectives act as a reminder that economic developments are not distinct from real people who make real choices.