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Pol208: October 13, 2010 Lecture
Feminism: different feminist critiques of IR
IR has been one of the last fields to open up feminist theories. Within political
science it is still one of the fields with the smallest representation for women
Bombs and rocketsinternational security
What happens when we add gender to the analysis? How should this be done? We
need to ask if gender is important to IR, how best can it be achieved?
In order to understand IR, we must include issues of gender
What contribution does the international system have for the marginalization n of
women? How does the marginalization of women affect the international system?
Women are from Venus?
o More peaceful?
o Tokenism
o Level of analysis
o Where is the mean?
o When we talk about women, are we talking about individuals or the fact
that their women?
o Is our level of analysis gendered?
o When claims that one gender is more peaceful than the other, does not
necessarily mean that all members of that gender will have the same
o Most of the population will be overlapping
Debates within the feminist camp
o Liberal approach
! Institutionsequal opportunity
! Which will lead to more equality overall
o Radical approaches
! Its not just about laws and institutions, there are deeper structures
that construct what women appropriate for themselves
! A more deeper and radical change is therefore needed
Women and war
o Should women be part of the armed forces? (Liberals vs. radicals)
! Liberals would say yes, radicals no, b/c it’s a man’s game
! Was is a patriarchal creation, thus women are subjecting
o The myth of protection
! Wars don’t protect women, women are most often the first victims
of war
o A sharp increase in cases of mass rape as a tool of war (Balkans, Congo)
o The gender gap
! Women marginally are more peaceful than men
Feminist theories in IR
Ann Tickner
Empiricism: the gender gap; women in war, etc.
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