Katy Pilcher: Resisting (Hetero)Sexism, Resisting the Neoliberalisation of the University

Katy Pilcher, Aston University Resisting (hetero)sexism, resisting the neoliberalisation of the university: Thinking creatively about the teaching and learning of ‘sensitive’ issues surrounding gender and sexualities as a mode of resistance Drawing upon undergraduate student’s narratives, this research argues that thinking creatively about the teaching and learning of ‘sensitive’ issues surrounding gender and sexualities can…

Event: Gender, Sexuality and the Sensory: A one-day symposium

Gender, Sexuality and the Sensory   A one-day symposium    Hosted by Feminist Theory journal and the Gender, Sexuality and Culture and Visual and Sensory Research clusters in the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, University of Kent.   Friday 19th May 2017, 10:00-18.00 University of Kent, Canterbury Grimond Building, Lecture Theatre 3   With the turn…

The Male Sentimental

By Liz Kinnamon The “sensitive guy” should be understood through the lens of what pop psychologists call emotional manipulation, and his proliferation is the result of two things: the rise of feminism and the rise of immaterial labor.  At Cannes 2015, a crowd of hundreds competed for entry into a midnight screening of what was called "the…

Review of Women, Sexuality and the Political Power of Pleasure

by Helen Snaith    Ed. Jolly, S. Cornwell, A. and Hawkins, K. (2013) Women, Sexuality and the Political Power of Pleasure. London and New York: Zed Books. Women, Sexuality, and the Political Power of Pleasure forms a collection of essays that seek to reanalyse the various forms in which female pleasure comes in, assessing how…

A Response to ‘Anti-Sex Feminism’ by Jerry Barnett

by Louise Pennington   Written in response to Is Anti-Sex Feminism a Step Backwards for Women’s Rights? by Jerry Barnett Whenever I hear the term “anti-sex”, I sigh. The term ‘anti-sex’ implies that feminists who campaign against pornography and other parts of the ‘sex industry’ hate all sex. This is inaccurate but equally a very clever tactic…

Review of The Sexual History of the Global South

by Dr Stuart Basten Wieringa, Saskia and Horacio Sívori (eds) The Sexual History of the Global South Zed Books, London and New York. ISBN 0 781780 324029   The book is an outcome of the large-scale, international project which served to network and train researchers in ‘the global south’, with a special focus here on the ‘complex…

How Prisoner Cell Block H helped me more as a woman than radical feminism

by Jemima (Twitter: @notahappyhooker) As a teenager I described myself as a Feminist. I also described myself as a trot; did my Barota project from a Maoist perspective; railed at my friends perpetual diets; and for some reason had little success with boys. My Feminism was mainly formed from reading the Guardian, but that put me in contact…

‘It’s your hormones dear’. Time for a rethink on menopause and sex

By drawing attention to the problems in medically thinking about women’s bodies, Sharron Hinchliff writes about how the vocabularies of medicine decontextualise health and illness from its social context reducing the complexities of experiencing menopause.  “As long as there has been brain science there have been – in retrospect – misguided neurological explanations and justifications of sex inequality. Again…

The Continuing Obscenity Attributed to the Sexuality of Women

by Claudia Austin In this post I will be discussing the general reaction to the sexuality of women and the vulgarity attributed to the portrayal of women’s pleasure in sex, despite the ongoing sexualisation of women’s bodies. I first started looking into the representation of the sexuality of women after reading The Sadeian Woman by…