The feminist classroom as ‘safe space’ after Brexit and Trump – genders, bodies, politics. So it’s happened.
Donald Trump is President-elect of the United States. He ran on a white supremacist ticket, and multiple allegations of sexual harassment and assault failed to stop him taking the White House. There were reports of racist, homophobic and misogynistic hate crimes within hours of the result being declared. David Duke called the night one of the ‘most exciting’ of his life, and the Vice-President of France’s Front National declared: ‘their world is collapsing – ours is being built’. The Israeli Right took the opportunity to announce that the era of a Palestinian state is over.
These events are not surprising, even as they are shocking. In this context, talking about ‘safe spaces’ and feminism in university classrooms might seem irrelevant, even indulgent. The university has potential as a critical and political space. As Akwugo Emejulu has said, creating safer spaces in university classrooms requires emotional labour which academics are not always willing to provide. Speaking up for what’s right: politics, markets and violence in higher education – genders, bodies, politics.
Content note: this post contains reference to sexual harassment and violence.
Universities in the US, and increasingly in the UK, are finding themselves under siege. The far right is targeting academics and their social justice work, bolstered by a mainstream suspicion of ‘experts’ and ‘elites’, and a general rightward shift in politics and public opinion. With a white supremacist, alleged serial sexual harasser and abuser in the White House, a hardline English government, and a ‘new normal’ that involves overt and unrepentant sexism, racism and other forms of discrimination, we’re in for a tough few years.
I have previously written about the feminist classroom as a ‘safe space’, and the need to protect our most vulnerable students. I have also thought a lot about how the neoliberal university suppresses the very capacities required to do this. Act'ULB. Mercredi l 17-05-2017L'ULB simplifie la vie des étudiant.e.s transgenré.e.s et intersexué.e.s En mars dernier, l'Equality Law Clinic, qui rassemble professeur.e.s, doctorant.e.s et étudiant.e.s en droit autour des questions d'égalité et de non-discrimination, organisait une table ronde sur les droits bafoués des personnes transgenres.
À l'occasion de cette table ronde, des étudiant.e.s transgenres faisaient état des difficultés qu'ils/elles rencontrent dans leur parcours à l'université comme dans le reste de la société. Le consentement sexuel fait l’objet d'une campagne de prévention à Bordeaux. — Fais défiler les images pour découvrir le diaporama !
À Bordeaux, à partir du 5 décembre, vous avez de grandes chances de rencontrer un certain nombre d’affiches pour sensibiliser à la notion de consentement. Universities Told To Take "A Zero-Tolerance Approach" To Sexual Violence On Campus - BuzzFeed News. Feminism is ‘white’ academic concept for some BME researchers. Female ethnic minority academics sometimes do not identify as feminists because they feel it is a “white” concept, according to research.
In her study “Gender, ethnicity and feminism: an intersectional analysis of the lived experiences [of] feminist academic women in UK higher education”, Kate Sang, associate professor in management at Heriot-Watt University, found that “ethnic minority women academics feel marginalised as women in the academy” and “further marginalised as black academics within academic feminism”. She told Times Higher Education that some female ethnic minority academics felt that they “couldn’t be feminist and black” because the “two things are contradictory”.
“Ethnic minority women spoke of feeling ‘tagged on’ to feminist scholarship,” her paper, published in the Journal of Gender Studies, states. New study finds that men are often their own favorite experts on any given subject. (Getty Images/iStockphoto) A fascinating new working paper finds that men are far more likely than women to back up their arguments with appeals to a higher authority: themselves.
When an academic writes a research paper, it is common practice to give citations for various facts and assertions. It is not enough, for instance, to simply assert that "the global rise of the hyperdiverse ant genus Pheidole is an evolutionary epic with many subplots. " You need to cite biologist Corrie S. Violences sexuelles: la bisexualité des femmes est un facteur de risque. Selon une étude publiée le 2 juin dans la revue Violence and Gender, deux femmes bisexuelles sur cinq sont victimes de violences sexuelles durant les quatre années que dure le premier cycle universitaire américain.
Soit près du double du risque subi par leurs congénères hétérosexuelles, et ce, dans sa fourchette haute. L’étude, qui porte sur 21.000 étudiants interrogés anonymement sur internet entre la rentrée 2005 et le printemps 2011 dans vingt-et-un établissements supérieurs américains, trouve aussi qu’un homme bisexuel ou homosexuel sur quatre a été victime de ce type de violences au cours de sa scolarité.