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. 16, No. 1, November

A Rude Awakening: Sleeping Beauty as a Metaphor for the Slumber of Post-Feminism
When Ann Beattie referred to the concept of "deep sleep" as "a period in one's life when fortunate children, who do not yet understand the extent of their good fortune [...] really do sleep in this way", she unconsciously provided the metaphor which...
Cross-Gender Casting as Feminist Interventions in the Staging of Early Modern Plays
'Activism: the policy of active participation or engagement in a particular sphere of activity; spec. the use of vigorous campaigning to bring about political or social change ' ("Activism") Since the amphitheatres of classical antiquity, theatre...
Not All Feminist Ideas Are Equal: Anti-Capitalist Feminism and Female Complicity
Introduction This essay seeks to show that a study of female complicity is a worthwhile new direction in feminist studies and a useful paradigm from which to analyse various strains of contemporary feminist discourse. By outlining what I mean by...
Sexuality, Religion and Nationalism: A Contrapuntal Reading of the History of Female Activism and Political Change in Egypt
Introduction: Gendering of the Concept of Nationalism As a matter of fact, the word activism is a key word in the formation of the feminist consciousness in Egypt. This is mainly due to the fact that the Egyptian feminist movement is 'compatible...
The 10th Anniversary of the FWSA Essay Competition: 'New Directions in Feminist Studies-Emotions, Activisms, Intersectionality'
In this special issue of the Journal of International Women's Studies (JIWS), the Feminist and Women's Studies Association UK & Ireland (FWSA) is delighted to present the winning and the shortlisted entries of the 10th anniversary of our annual...
"The Personal Is Political Science": Epistemological and Methodological Issues in Feminist Social Science Research on Prostitution
Introduction Few social phenomena continue to oppose policymakers and researchers in their normative stances and empirical findings as much as commercial sex. Indeed, research on pornography, striptease, and prostitution, is fraught with antagonistic...
You Are What You (M)eat: Explorations of Meat-Eating, Masculinity and Masquerade
Introduction Much emphasis has been placed on the symbolic significance of what we consume. 'Food is a system of communication, a collection of images, and a cultural set of conventions for usages, situations and behavior' (Willard, 2002:105). According...
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