Gender

Masculine Subjects: Notes on the Thought of Luce Irigaray

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Given that Irigaray’s philosophical project focuses at large on rethinking the relationships between women and men, within a culture of sexual difference, as subjects in their own terms, it seems therefore only logical that sexual difference (in Irigaray’s later texts reworked as sexuate difference) reveal itself as a fruitful framework for also engaging with the issue of…

The Politics of Gender and the Policing of Sexuality in Turkey

A couple turning themselves in to the public prosecutor in protest of the recent regulations on co-habitation.

In the midst of ongoing political turmoil in the country, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced that it is against their conservative democratic stance to allow cohabitation of girls and boys, and that no parent would consent to such an arrangement. Despite both domestic and international criticism, not to mention the violation of constitutionally embedded…

Question Everything? Rape Law / Free Speech

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“Question everything” is an injunction that regularly surfaces in libertarian political circles. But aside from the fact it rarely becomes the focus of its own exhortation, how does the command to question and challenge consensus and orthodoxy deal with the consequences of such actions? When are speakers responsible for what their words do? And to…

The Political in the Contract Classroom

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When we started ‘The Public Life of Private Law’ one of the conversations we wanted to have with participants, and with others following the series, was about teaching private law from a critical perspective. In particular, we wanted to think about how those of us who fell into teaching private law through a mixture of necessity and serendipity, but…

Transphobia

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“I have a hard time making my mind take place…” begins the poem Body & Isn’t by Bruce Covey. Indeed, it is hard for the mind to take place when it reads the column “Mikropragmata” (“Trivial Things”) by Aris Dimokides in LiFO of 18/​7/​2013.1 It is hard for two reasons. On the one hand, it is…

Equality: Notes on the Thought of Luce Irigaray

Barbara Nessim

Equality 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, she excavates the…

Suárez and Rouse: Masculinity, Sport and Rape Apologies

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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 Football Club, despite facing three counts of rape, two of sexual assault, one of causing a person to engage in a sexual act…

Dehumanisation and the Systemic Perpetuation of Rape

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Are we witnessing a global epidemic of sexual violence against women, or are we simply witnessing a temporary surge in public and media interest in a ubiquitous, endemic problem? I suspect the latter — much as a spectacular famine, or a good earthquake, temporarily piques ‘international’ (i.e. Western or Euro-​American) interest in the endemic reality of global poverty; before ‘disaster fatigue’ kicks in,…

We must resist the cunning of judicial reform

Indian women mourning gang rape victim, New Delhi, 2 Jan 2013, Photo by Dar Yasin | AP

The death of the 23 year old woman following the brutal gang rape and assault on a moving bus on 16 December 2012 at a hospital in Singapore early this morning [Ed. Friday 28th December 2013] leaves all of us in states of deep mourning. This is a political death. Rape and murder of women is political violence against…

Chastity, Virginity, Marriageability, and Rape Sentencing

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The horrific gang rape incident in Delhi has led to demands for amending the law to provide for more stringent punishment for rape, including introducing the death penalty. Over the last few days, there have been various debates about the advisability of making such changes to the law. An issue that has not been highlighted…

Galloway on Rape and Law’s Own Repugnant Diatribe

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On August 18th, the youtube channel ‘molucca Red,’ ‘[t]he only fully authorised GG channel,’ posted ‘Good night with George Galloway (Episode 5).’ This episode featured Galloway discussing various issues relating to the Wikileaks founder Jullian Assange. In watching the episode, especially at around 21:15 into the video, the viewer may be forgiven for beginning to…

Racism, Sexism and Swimming at the London Olympics

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I’ve been a little taken aback this week at the level of racism against China in the British and US media, and on longer-​than-​usual comment threads on various friends’ facebook walls. I mean, I know that racism in sport and in the media is nothing new, and I know that being mixed race white-​Chinese, I’m taking the various swipes being…

Anorexia and the Political

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Stretched across the critique: have we lost connection with each other? Have we lost a sense of grounding as critical legal scholars? However we frame this question, it goes to the heart of a fear that critical thought is not in touch with any reality. Some paper presentations at the Birkbeck School of Law 2012 Annual Post-​Graduate…

When They Make a Battlefield of Her Choice: The Harassment of Women and the Right to Protest

40 Days for Life campaigners

When I first noticed their banner as I walked by Bedford Square, in London, I didn’t think too much about it. It registered as a depressing example of the public expression of a position I had strong opposition to, not much more. It wasn’t until sometime later that I clocked the unusual location of the small public protest — a quiet spot with relatively little…

Occupying Gender in the Singular Plural

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Call me a sissy, but I’ve never particularly cared for being referred to as cisgender. Still, the work of transgendered activists within Occupy Wall Street has been one of things that keep me optimistic. At a November 13th teach-​in at Zuccotti Park, just days before the brutal eviction, trans activists took over the people’s mic for an…

Disrupting Links: Gender, Identity and Security

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This paper is about, as the title indicates, disrupting certain pervasive and seemingly obvious links.[1] First, the link between gender and identity, wherein gender is assumed to be a stable, reliable determinant of an identity that also assumed to be fixed. Following from the assumed fixity of identity comes a link to security, wherein the more precise…

Intimate Dissidence: Assange, Foucault and (Feminist) Rape Discourse

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At Critical Legal Thinking, Narnia Bohler-​Muller takes issue with the narrow legalism of the often ‘surreal’ commentaries on the Assange controversy. In amongst the denunciation and counter-​denunciation she detects an undercurrent of disciplinary power. On this account, the apparently ‘very broad’ rape laws of Sweden, like efforts in South Africa to force HIV tests on…