New war on gender studies spans the political spectrum: Evans

January 8, 2019

A new wave of backlash against gender studies is not the preserve of authoritarian states and far-right populists, but a multifarious and insidious “backlash against sexual liberalism in all its forms,” writes Jennifer Evans. Citing Brazilian President Jair Bolsinaro’s declaration that he will fight the “ideology of gender” in public schools; Pope Francis’ condemnation of gender theory as “ideological colonization”; and social media conglomerates’ decisions to unequivocally ban all forms of sexual expression, the author adds that scholars of gender and sexuality have long sought to expose the relationship between sexual violence and structural inequity. The war on gender studies “is part of a new kind of culture war that targets research in gender and sexuality,” Evans concludes. National Post(The Conversation) (National)