Gender emerges as a crosscutting element in every development central to the contemporary national and international politics agendas. From migration, rape as a weapon of war and arms trade to simple questions about democracy and one’s right to self-determine their own gender identity. Whereas it is easy and logical to conceptualise and theorize women’s rights and end to gender-based violence upon a human rights framework, topics such as gender equality and reproductive rights pose ethical challenges in their framing and politicization. But even in topics that are linked to fundamental human rights, such as the right for equal involvement in the social, economic and political spheres, safety from physical harm we observe that these rights have relatively recently been legally established and in practice political and social resistance remains strong.
Certain examples from the news and starting domestically from the UK:
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Opinions such as this one wouldn't be problematic if the great social role of men was as stressed and campaigned. There is no theorisation on fatherhood and its value in social reproduction nor how fatherhood as a role connects with as much the social as the economic and political life. Women's right for self-determination and push for equality should call for the articulation and establishment of fatherhood as an intrinsic aspect of economic, social and political life.
'Giancarlo Cerrelli, the secretary of the League’s Crotone unit, told the Guardian that the flyer was intended to promote “the great social role of women” and that its message has been misinterpreted. “I’m not allowed to say anything more than that,” he added.'
A nude image of a professional woman wants to break the social trust between her and the social sphere and discredit her professional competence. The aim is to appoint to her character and personality weakness, vulnerability, lack of self-control and consequently capacity for sound judgement a prerequisite for hard decision making processes and dilemmas.
A sexual assault allegation against a professional man provides him with social power as it demonstrates that he owns the hard qualities required for positions of power.
This move was predictable! Politics is dirty game of manipulation of social and cultural images and constructs.
Unmasking the myths on how migration is constructed as a threat for political reasons rather than factual evidence in less than 2 minutes! Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, political voice that for sure will be fought strongly and viciously to be silenced!
'the majority of why people are illegal in this country is visa overstay it’s not because people are crossing a border illegally… he is talking about legal immigration he is trying to restrict every form of legal migration there is in the United States… he is fighting against almost every way that people can actually legally enter this country forcing them to become undocumented and then he is trying to attack their undocumented status. This is systematic it is wrong and it is anti-American'
USA going into even more dangerous paths as humanitarian arguments are being intertwined with securitization rhetorics on migration. Politics of fear and hate being constructed as the solution to the very violence, abuse and exploitation migrants are experiencing as an existential threat to the territorial, social and economic security of the state.
The outcome is to deepen the legitimation of force and violence against enemies of state - migrants - and reinvent the national political and social moral compass away from a human rights discourse and upon a fear and hate basis.
'A wall “is absolutely critical to border security,” Mr. Trump said, in a nine-minute speech. “It’s also what professionals at the border want and need. This is just common sense.”
The president also made an emotional pitch: “This is a humanitarian crisis—a crisis of the heart and a crisis of the soul,” he said, sitting at the Resolute Desk. “This is the cycle of human suffering that I am determined to end.”