Yvette Russell

Lecturer in Law, University of Bristol.

Criminal Law to the Rescue? ‘Wolf-Whistling’ as Hate Crime

On July 13, 2016 Nottinghamshire police became the first force in the UK to recognise misogyny as a hate crime. Hate crime is defined as ‘any criminal offence which is perceived, by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a personal characteristic’. In practical terms, this means that…

Language: Notes on the Thought of Luce Irigaray

Key ConceptLuce Irigaray’s critique of masculine language systems follows logically from her broader critique of history and culture first elaborated 40 years ago in Speculum.1 Irigaray’s thinking on language is so complex and informed by so many difficult methodological frameworks, when approaching it for the first time I think it helps to look at her corpus…

Rape is Different: Academic Impact Sinks to New Lows

The neoliberalisation of the university could be undermining decades of progress in combatting rape myths.Two weeks ago the LSE Department of Law hosted its inaugural ‘Debating Law’ public event, drawing an audience that filled all 400 seats of its largest lecture theatre and working with the LSE’s events team to ensure the debate attracted maximum…

Equality: Notes on the Thought of Luce Irigaray

Key ConceptEquality is a concept that has concerned Luce Irigaray, in various guises, throughout her work. In this post I will discuss both her critique of liberal mobilisations of equality, and her rethinking of equality through sexual difference. Irigaray’s work is often divided into three phases.1 Briefly, in the first phase, or the ‘critical’ phase,…

Suárez and Rouse: Masculinity, Sport and Rape Apologies

What is it about the culture of male sports in which violence against women is excused, ignored and even tacitly condoned? As Luis Suárez joined Johan le Roux and Mike Tyson in the annals of sports-biting history this week, across the water in Northern Ireland Alvin Rouse continues to play in goal for Ballinamallard United…