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Rethinking International Security: Masculinity in World Politics

Gender in IR
Eric M. Blanchard


For more than 20 years, feminist international relations (IR) scholarship has demonstrated the ways in which world politics is gendered—that is, “fueled by informal and official presumptions about femininity and masculinity.”1 IR feminists and other gender scholars have shown the impact of gender in the once rarified realm of national security, from the role of gendered discourse in mobilizing support for particular national security measures to the constitutive effects of gendered logic on our very constructions of academic IR and real-world foreign policy. Feminists argue that the gendering of security discourse “degrades our ability to think well and fully about” national security as it “shapes and limits the possible outcomes of our deliberations.