Journal of International Women's Studies

A peer-reviewed semiannual scholarly publication providing international coverage and analysis of wome.'s studies, with particular respect to the relationship between theory and activism.

Articles from Vol. 4, No. 2, April

Beyond Trashiness: The Sexual Language of 1970s Feminist Fiction
Once an angry man dragged his father along the ground through his own orchard. "Stop!" cried the groaning old man at last, "Stop! I did not drag my father beyond this tree." (Stein 3) In rapidly changing societies all generations are transitional....
Feminist Futures: Trauma, the Post-9/11 World and a Fourth Feminism?
Prologue In 2002, after approximately four decades of struggle, it seems that the futures of feminisms are at stake across of number of arenas, including the academy, social and political policies, medicine, law, and multi-cultural, multi-national...
From Suffagist to Apologist: The Loss of Feminist Politics in a Politically Correct Patriarchy
This article emerges out of a series of observations of how feminist studies have been eroded away in academic institutions the world over, partially through the systematic closure of gender studies courses, partially because of the claims that feminist...
Global Feminisms, Transnational Political Economies, Third World Cultural Production
Third Wave Feminism and the Wider World If anything can be said with certainty about third wave feminism, it is that it is mainly a first world phenomenon generated by women who, like their second wave counterparts, have limited interest in women's...
Harvesting Our Strengths: Third Wave Feminism and Women's Studies
When we approached the directors of the Institute for Feminist Theory and Research (www.iftr.org.uk) about organising a conference on third wave feminism we were not even sure what we meant by the term. What we did know was that our theory and praxis...
Is Women's Studies Dead?
What motivates the question "is Women's Studies dead?" Firstly, a number of scholars have recently suggested that its demise is necessary and/or inevitable (Brown "The Impossibility of Women's Studies"; Brown, Politics out of History; Patai; Martin)....
Lost between the Waves? the Paradoxes of Feminist Chronology and Activism in Contemporary Poland
As a Polish feminist, writer and academic, I find it somewhat amusing when well-meaning Westerners, on their two-day stop in the Pope's homeland, voice their concern that, surely, feminism cannot exist in my country, because "you are all so deeply...
Mothers of Future Kings: The Madonna Redux Phenomenon
This article investigates how images of Diana, Princess of Wales partake in Victorian constructions of femininity that uphold the sacred cult of motherhood. Such images are staged affairs, constructed and performed as part of a princess' main responsibilities...
The Ana Sanctuary: Women's Pro-Anorexia Narratives in Cyberspace
In this paper I explore cyberspace as a space where women who are struggling with anorexia can potentially find sanctuary from the surveillance and regulatory mechanisms of control in the public sphere. I explore the narratives of women who create...
Women's Space "Inside the Haveli": Incarceration or Insurrection?
Feminist geographers have proposed how space is a complex web of relations of domination and subordination, a "power-geometry" of difference. While feminist and postcolonial theories explore notions of nomad identity, exile, hybridity and marginality,...
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