Worse than communism? Discursive anti-gender mobilizations in Lithuania
Articles
Dovainė Buschmann
University of Vienna
Published 2018-07-04
https://doi.org/10.15388/Im.2017.80.11670
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How to Cite

Buschmann D. (2018) “Worse than communism? Discursive anti-gender mobilizations in Lithuania”, Information & Media, 800, pp. 31-49. doi: 10.15388/Im.2017.80.11670.

Abstract

Without doubt, anti-gender struggles in Lithuania are an essential part of a broader transnational tendency to promote tradition and religion over equality, to discredit the European Union as a place of moral decline, to criticize gender studies as an academic discipline etc. However, some aspects of anti-gender mobilization in this state are locally embedded and historically determined. The aim of this article is to analyze patterns of argumentation and implicit assumptions on the term gender as a conceptual analogy of Communism. Hence, the the focus of this paper is on the following questions: how is the analogy between genderism and Communism constructed in the public discourse in Lithuania? Why is this comparison a successful strategy of anti-gender mobilization? The analysis is based on an intensive reading and an interpretation of selected texts that explicitly tackle the analogy between gender equality policies and Communism.

Keywords: gender, anti-genderism, communism, discourse

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