To consider gender and politics is to ask “Who has the power?” The Politics of Gender attempts to break through power structures by examining the institutional roles each play. This text takes several approaches to understanding the politics of gender, beginning with an introductory chapter focused on the major terms and theoretical approaches connected to political and gender studies.
Topics covered throughout the book include a historical discussion of the feminist movement, an analysis of the 2017 Women’s March on Washington, the nomination (and subsequent reactions) of Hillary Clinton, the impact Michelle Obama had for women of color as the first African-American First Lady, as well as the ways lesbian women’s bodies are scrutinized. In addition, this volume addresses the ways gender is litigated by examining the rights of lesbian women in Nigeria, the treatment of trans-gender people while in prison, and the connection between gun laws and intimate partner violence.
Finally, this text provides the reader with suggestions for community involvement, resources for voting, reading, film and Podcast recommendations, all combined with the stories of two women who discuss the change they created in their communities.
About the Author
Adrienne Trier-Bieniek, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology at Valencia College, has published several books including Feminist Theory and Pop Culture (Sense, 2015), and Sing Us a Song, Piano Woman: Female Fans and the Music of Tori Amos (Scarecrow, 2013). www.adriennetrier-bieniek.com
Table of Contents
1. The Future Is Intersectional: Creating an Inclusive Feminist Movement
Amanda Pullum and Adrienne Trier-Bieniek
2. Has Hillary Clinton Shifted the Media Narrative of Women in Leadership?
Federica Fornaciari and Laine Goldman
3. #Imwithher Or #Feelthebern: The Impact of Age, Gender, and Intersectionality on Politics
4. The Magic of Michelle: An Intersectional Analysis of the (Black) First Lady
Sonita R. Moss
5. The Same-Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act in Nigeria: A Critique of Body Policing
6. The Incarceration of Gender: Assessing, Managing, and Treating the Needs of Transgender Inmates
Chastity Blankenship and Lisa M. Carter
7. The Cost of the “Lesbian Obesity Epidemic”: Pathologizing Sexuality in Public Health
8. The Gendered Nature of Firearm-Related Intimate Partner Violence
Selina E. M. Kerr
9. “I’m Female as Fuck”: Samantha Bee’s Full Frontal as Feminist Voice of Resistance
Sarah E. Fryett
Conclusion – What’s Next?
About the Contributors