sex and sexuality

Bodies as a site of class struggle?

The front page of the Brighton Argus, Sat 24 March 2012

This is a short blog prompted by recent events in Brighton, as well as wider discussions I’ve been having about the (possible) relationship of austerity to gendered violence and oppression.

Feminism is for everybody - bell hooks

Feminism is for everybody - bell hooks

bell hooks' short introduction to feminist politics.

What is gender? - Mary Holmes

Sex, gender, orientation

A contemporary introduction to the various sociological, philosophical and political approaches to gender.

One dimensional woman - Nina Power

One dimensional woman - Nina Power

Exposes the dark heart of contemporary cultural life by examining pornography, consumer capitalism and the ideology of women's work.

The anatomy of a joke

Not funny

Polite Ire takes on 'banter' by analysing what makes a joke funny. Written in the wake of the website 'UniLad' openly advocating rape 'as a joke'.

Gender and protest

'Family values'

Polite Ire argues that patriarchy cannot be challenged without taking on capitalism and the state - and vice versa.

Gender and the state

A white knight

Polite Ire looks at the links between gender and the state, arguing that masculinity is constructed in the image of the state.

Rape culture

Rape culture

Polite Ire critiques rape culture, where the use of women as objects is normalised.

Gender inequality and gender differences

Polite Ire critiques gender essentialism and fashionable brain imaging studies.