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Gender and Politics

July 11, 2023

China’s boxing feminists: discipline and resistance in contemporary Chinese feminism

Yuting He As gender becomes an increasingly heated issue in China, He Yuting and Ruairidh Brown explore how the ‘female boxer’ has become a key disciplinary image in this struggle – and how it can be contested Read more
June 27, 2023

Which voters stereotype Muslim politicians as homophobic?

Sanne van Oosten We know that voters stereotype Muslim politicians as homophobic. However, they also project their own ideas about LGBTQ+ rights onto politicians. Sanne van Oosten examines which of these voter tendencies are likely to prevail with which voters, and argues that both strength and type of opinion matter Read more
June 12, 2023

Women politicians in Colombia succeed on Twitter – depending on their ideology

Angie K. González Angie K. González and Carme Ferré-Pavia argue that social media platforms are potential equalisers allowing women politicians to circumvent traditional media biases. In Colombia, female and male politicians use Twitter in similar ways to receive similar benefits. The key variable in inequality is ideology Read more
June 7, 2023

🌈 Autocratic backsliding in 'gender-washing' regimes

Daniela Donno Gender-washing regimes pay lip service to liberal norms, but reforms tend to be top-down and symbolic. To advance women’s rights, we need to pay attention to the question of how de jure legal rights can be effectively claimed and experienced by women, according to Daniela Donno Read more
May 10, 2023

🌈 Overcoming the Bolsonaro backlash against gender equality in Brazil

Flávia Biroli Under Bolsonaro, Brazilians experienced flagrant setbacks in gender rights and policies. Flávia Biroli and Luciana Tatagiba assess the roots of these changes, which targeted participatory institutions and practices. The effects have been profound, highlighting the difficulties for Brazil's new government of turning the tide on anti-feminism Read more
April 19, 2023

🦋 Inclusive democracy: a second-generation design

Karen Celis Fixing numbers is not enough. In their second-generation design for inclusive democracy, Karen Celis and Sarah Childs refashion representation processes to incentivise elected representatives to care more for diverse citizens. The designed-for effects? Experiencing better representation ‘in the round’, the most marginalised feeling recognised by and connected with democratic politics Read more
April 18, 2023

🌈 Genderwashing or genderbashing? Reconciling the different faces of modern autocrats

Elin Bjarnegård Gender and authoritarianism are interconnected – but in different and unexpected ways. Elin Bjarnegård and Pär Zetterberg think the relationship between them deserves more attention in political science. Here, they expose the relationship in terms of two autocrat strategies: genderwashing and genderbashing Read more
April 13, 2023

Feminist governance – here to stay, or gone tomorrow?

Marian Sawer Since 1975, feminists have helped establish new international frameworks requiring national governments to promote gender equality. Success at this level, writes Marian Sawer, inadvertently sowed the seeds of populist campaigns against foreign interference with national values Read more

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