Third episode deals with one of the controversial, but also indispensable, categories of women’s studies: the category of gender.
This category is first briefly explained through the history of its usage in feminist theorizing, the emphasis further being on the significance that the category of gender has for grounding and developing arguments in establishing anti-discriminatory practices not only where women are concerned, but also in fighting against other forms of discrimination.
However, this episode also includes a critical assessment of the use of the category of gender. In that, we can follow how feminism was self-critical through its history, how it outgrew its own limitations in recognizing its racism, its homophobia.
The episode also addresses contemporary heated debates concerning the category of gender. To give an account of one of those debates the episode includes an interview with Aleksa Milanović from Belgrade who helps us understand the transgender issues, and discriminatory mechanisms as well as how deeply discriminatory practices are embedded in our own communities.
The introduction written and the interview conducted by Daša Duhaček
For further reading:
Judith Butler, Gender Trouble Routledge, New York, 1990.
Rachel Anne Williams, Transgressive: A Trans Woman on Gender, Feminism, and Politics, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2019.