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. 14, No. 4, December 1

Circular Consciousness in the Lived Experience of Intersectionality: queer/LGBT Nigerian Diasporic Women in the USA
Introduction "My passport is green and my lover's a woman," writes 'Z,' a half Nigerian, half Malaysian woman living for many years in the USA. The colour green is a reference to the Nigerian passport, which has a green cover, and by claiming this...
Doctors and Sheikhs: "Truths" in Virginity Discourse in Jordanian Media
Introduction Jordanian media has seen a surge in coverage of phenomena related to virginity in recent years. Issues such as honour crimes, hymen reconstruction surgery, fake hymens, and virginity tests have all come to the surface and stirred considerable...
Framing Wrongs and Performing Rights in Northern Ireland: Towards a Butlerian Approach to Life in Abortion Strategising
Introduction Abortion is an issue that engages diverse feminist strategising in a myriad of contemporary global locations. Within this strategising, "pro-choice" approaches towards achieving enhanced and dignified access to abortion facilities have...
Living in the Garden of Perhaps: Ordinary Life as an Obstacle to Political Change in Israel
Fresh flowers of perhaps once grew in a landscape dewy and warm, and I the best of gardeners knew how to foster and keep them from harm. Night after night, a sentinel I kept watch tirelessly to protect my buds from the cold wind,...
No Place like Home: Re-Writing "Home" and Re-Locating Lesbianism in Emma Donoghue's Stir-Fry and Hood
Re-Defining 'Home' If, as popular and colloquial phrases have historically reminded us, 'home is where the hearth is' and 'an Englishman's castle is his home,' then in the 'home' resides both a patriarchal and heteronormative assumption. After all,...
Rethinking Representations of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence: A Case Study of the Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Introduction The Liberian Civil War, which started as a guerrilla reaction to the autocratic presidency of Samuel Doe and escalated into a prolonged multi-faction conflict, lasted fourteen years between 1989 and 2003, during which period as many...
Sensational Kin: Family, Normativity and Women's Weekly Magazines
'Half of all children born today will experience family breakdown by the age of 16. Too often these children attended school where their aspirations were suffocated, within a culture of low expectations ... the section of society on the lowest incomes...
Special Issue Vol. 14 Issue 4 New Writings in Feminist and Women's Studies: Winning and Short-Listed Entries from the 2012 Feminist and Women's Studies Association's Annual Student Essay Competition
Introduction 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 its annual student...
The Legacy of Simone De Beauvoir on Modern French Visual Art
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Introduction In keeping with Hegel's idea of a "struggle to the death" between two consciousnesses, Beauvoir's Le Deuxieme Sexe (1949) characterises the relationship between the two halves of humanity as a painful conflict,...
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