The New Gendered Realities in South Korea

December 23, 2019

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Which One: He, She or They?

January 04, 2019

He, she or they? Why do those who complain that language is oppressive have such a strong compulsion to oppress those who don’t?  For centuries, schools in the English-speaking world treated the rules of grammar, syntax and usage as the equivalent of a moral system by which learners and...

Empowering the Invisible Half

August 09, 2015

Worldwide, existing gender imbalances in parliamentary representation stymie growth and development. Although universal equality is a cornerstone of all democratic societies, it is a norm followed more in the breach than custom. Women have been historically discriminated against and marginalized...

The Wonderful and Confusing World of Girlfags and Guydykes

April 16, 2015

Given the wide-ranging types of human sexuality, the binary gender model is no longer viable. My first boyfriend, in the eighth grade, turned out to be gay. So did my second, and my third. By the time — at 19 — I finally succeeded in hooking up with a straight man, I was so relieved to be...

As a Nigerian, This is What Feminism Means to Me

March 25, 2015

Why is the term “feminist” understood as a role for the angry woman who can’t find a man? *[Note: The author identifies herself as “womxn,” which is a means of linguistic dissociation from the word “man” and also a way to recognize the multiple intersections that construct gender...

It Turns Out Male Sexuality is Just as Fluid as Female

February 18, 2015

If women can kiss women and still be straight, what about men? Some scholars have argued that female sexual desires tend to be fluid and receptive, while men’s desires – regardless of whether men are gay or straight – tend to be inflexible and unchanging. Support for this notion...

Sex: Stone Age Mind in a Modern-Day World?

February 13, 2015

To what extent is our sexual behavior determined by evolutionary psychology? Everyone is familiar with the feeling of utter exasperation with the opposite sex. How common are phrases like “Women, I just don’t get them” or “It’s just another one of those ‘guy things.’” From our...

An Ordinary Marriage: Russia in the 19th Century

August 25, 2014

Relationships between men and women in 19th-century Russia did not follow the widely accepted clichés. An Ordinary Marriage is based upon the rich and eccentric private documents of the Chikhachev family — gentry landowners who lived in provincial Russia — and offers a fascinating take on...

Competing Voices: Gender and Ideology in Egypt

October 23, 2013

Secular and Islamist discourse in Egypt share a core essence of masculine dominance. Egypt and the wider Middle East are undergoing major change following revolutions. But what is the best way to plan for and navigate the future? A number of post-Arab Spring political and strategic analyses have...

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