International Development, Community, and Environment

Title

'Gender' is Not Enough: The Need for a Feminist Consciousness

Document Type

Article

Abstract

In the final commentary, Cynthia Enloe thinks again about Gillian Youngs' question: why do many IR academics find it so difficult to take feminist analysis seriously? She argues there are two fears: the first, for men, concerns how their own relationships with masculinity are affecting what they see as a 'serious' topic of investigation; the second is the fear of appearing feminized by colleagues making a judgement on the topic's seriousness. Cynthia Enloe argues that 'gender' alone is insufficient for transforming IR into a more reliable and useful discipline. What is needed is a feminist consciousness informing work on gender.

Publication Title

International Affairs

Publication Date

1-1-2004

Volume

80

Issue

1

ISSN

0020-5850

DOI

10.1111/j.1468-2346.2004.00370.x

Keywords

feminism, international relations, commerce

Disciplines

Social and Behavioral Sciences | Sociology

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