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Feminist Perspectives Across the Board

Barbara Franchi and Natália da Silva Perez

The f-word used to be inappropriate for polite company, but today nobody seems afraid to say it, loud and proud. Hollywood stars and world-famous pop singers can openly claim to be feminists; it is now acceptable for mainstream celebrities to emulate that which more radical independent feminist artists have been doing for the past few decades. This gradual mainstreaming of feminism, facilitated in part by easier and wider access to communication technology, is reflected all over mass media. The last couple of years have also seen a number of high-profile female celebrities engaging in feminist political action. When Angelina Jolie and Emma Watson are UN ambassadors in projects that aim to promote the emancipation of women worldwide, when pop singer Beyoncé openly declares that “we have a way to go [to achieve equality] and it’s something that’s pushed aside and something that we have been conditioned to accept,” (Vena, 2013) their voices are heard by a wider audience, one that might not have been reached by the voices of activists and scholars who have for decades denounced the problems caused by gender discrimination.

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Challenges and Pitfalls of Feminist Sisterhood in the Aftermath of the Cold War *

The Case of the Network of East-West Women

Ioana Cîrstocea

University and NSSR. She coauthored a series of popular books on feminist politics, contributed to numerous magazines and journals, and hosted one of the first feminist radio shows in the US. 14 The collapse of socialist regimes and the end of the Cold War

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Freedom, Autonomy, and (Inter)dependency

Feminist Dialogues and Republican Debates on Democracy

Ailynn Torres Santana

consolidate feminism's strong commitment to participatory democracy; it can broaden the discussion on women's political representation as a matter of collective interest. It can avoid an exclusively identity-based bias in feminist politics and consider issues

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Who Is Afraid of Feminist Thought?

In Memoriam: Hana Havelková (18 September 1949–31 October 2020)

Veřa Sokolová and Libora Oates-Indruchová

from FHS UK in 2018. During her more than twenty years at FHS UK, Hana formulated many original and complex arguments about feminist political philosophy, gender theory of culture and society, feminist epistemology, women in science, and the

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Ann Snitow (1943–2019)

Janet Elise Johnson and Mara Lazda

messy, embodied, and intersectional feminist politics of women's sexual pleasures. The editors’ introduction engages in a conversation with various and contradictory Marxist experiments, but here, socialism was a theoretical or Anglo-American enterprise

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Book Reviews

Vanessa Freerks and SimonMary Asese A. Aihiokhai

. Fifth, Lanoi Maloiy calls attention to the erasure of African women in Africa's electoral process. This culture of erasure has created a political system that does not tap into the talents and skills of all citizens. Employing a feminist political

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Experiential Landscapes of Terror

Sunčana Laketa, Sara Fregonese, and Damien Masson

us to embrace a wide range of themes: space and materialities, sensitive phenomena, affects, and bodily practices. These multiple articulations imply theoretical and methodological upheavals. Building on long-standing feminist political commitment to

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The Politics of Presence Revisited

Anne Phillips and Hans Asenbaum

politics of presence changed since you developed this concept? Anne Phillips: My initial arguments about the politics of presence came, as you note, out of feminist politics. Feminists were challenging the stark overrepresentation of men in politics

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The Pandemic of Productivity

The Work of Home and the Work from Home

Suchismita Chattopadhyay

completely undermining the invisible labour of home, ought to be revised. The emphasis on individual productivity must give way to a politics of empathy and solidarity. This means that we go back to the basics of socialist feminist politics and restructure

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Using short-form student videos to widen the canon of political thought

Rasmus Karlsson and Kalle Eriksson

to the political theory canon. In brief, Zerilli argues that feminists – while typically deeming the Western canon to be ‘more or less bankrupt for the development of feminist political theory’ (seeing as the canonical texts almost exclusively