Review of Gender Theory in Troubled Times by Kathleen Lennon and Rachel Alsop

Kathleen Lennon and Rachel Alsop (2020) Gender Theory in Troubled Times, Cambridge: Polity Press What was intended to become a second edition of their book Theorizing Gender (2002), Gender Theory in Troubled Times overwhelmingly exceeds Lennon and Alsop’s initial ambition. The result is a bold new work which, whilst revisiting many of the same concerns covered in Theorizing Gender, does so…

Review of Me Not You: The Trouble with Mainstream Feminism by Alison Phipps

Over the past decade, feminism has been increasingly visible in popular culture. Key political events such as the election of Donald Trump in 2020 and the widespread protests that followed have prompted a groundswell of interest in feminism. Despite this new enthusiasm, the central argument of Me, Not You: The Trouble with Mainstream Feminism is that mainstream…

Until there is no “next time”

by Terese Jonsson This post was originally published here This is a talk I gave at the Critical Diversities conference (10-11 July at Southbank University), as part of a workshop Dieuwertje Dyi Huijg, Sharlene Khan and myself ran titled "Radical politics, critical academia: talking the talk, but walking the walk?". ~~~~ Feminist academia in Britain has…

Why Men Should Support Feminism

In recent history the word ‘feminism’ has to many become an ugly word, stained with sentiments of hate and misandry. To some men they believe women hide behind the veil of feminism to express hate and discontent towards men. I almost wish that this is what feminism is used for, as I find the truth…

We (Don’t) Need To Talk About Females

by Jem Bloomfield This was originally posted here  I’ve spent quite a bit of the last few days crossing out the word “females” and writing “women” in its place.  More time than seems reasonable, certainly.  I’ve been marking, so this crossing out is part of my job, but it has called my attention to just how…

Magnus Hirschfeld

by Heike Bauer This post was originally published on A Violent World of Difference Why turn to Magnus Hirschfeld (1868-1935) to re-examine the difficult aspects of modern queer history and culture? Hirschfeld is a well known figure, especially in the German history and historiography of sexuality, and he continues to inspire a number of German sexual…

Notes from Berlin: Queering ‘Queer’ Berlin

Bridging the gap between English as the academic lingua franca and ‘other’ contexts is a tricky affair. A lot of writing on feminism as traveling theory (Kathy Davis and Mary Evans 'Transatlantic Conversations Feminism as Travelling Theory being one of my favorites), and critics such as Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak (1988) have reminded us that theory…

The F Word: Teaching Nineteenth Century Feminism

by Laura Wood   This year I am teaching on a module titled ‘English Literature and Feminisms 1790-1899’ in the English department at the University of Warwick. One thing that I hadn’t expected was the warning I received from several people, that a module with the word ‘feminism’ in the title would attract very few…

Why I Will Not Be Rising With One Billion Rising This Year Or Any Year

This post was originally posted on Fiending for Hope  Trigger warning for discussion of sexual violence and racism. A note on the content of this post: this post will mostly be a collection of excerpts and links to posts from women of colour. I do not want to silence them, and I think it’s important…

Women and Indulgence: Yoghurt Advertisements and their Female Focus

by Amy Calvert   Years of dedicated advertising has created a strange myth about women’s eating habits. It seems that women, all women, cannot get enough yoghurt. Apparently, we love the stuff. It’s the perfect low-fat ‘treat’ to enjoy during a female bonding session (yoghurts are mandatory here, didn’t you know?), a sumptuous treat to…