The Politics of Gender


To consider gender and politics is to ask “Who has the power?” The Politics of Gender attempts to break through power structures by examining the institutional roles each play. This text takes several approaches to understanding the politics of gender, beginning with an introductory chapter focused on the major terms and theoretical approaches connected to political and gender studies.

Topics covered throughout the book include a historical discussion of the feminist movement, an analysis of the 2017 Women’s March on Washington, the nomination (and subsequent reactions) of Hillary Clinton, the impact Michelle Obama had for women of color as the first African-American First Lady, as well as the ways lesbian women’s bodies are scrutinized. In addition, this volume addresses the ways gender is litigated by examining the rights of lesbian women in Nigeria, the treatment of trans-gender people while in prison, and the connection between gun laws and intimate partner violence.

Finally, this text provides the reader with suggestions for community involvement, resources for voting, reading, film and Podcast recommendations, all combined with the stories of two women who discuss the change they created in their communities.

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Adrienne Trier-Bieniek, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology at Valencia College, has published several books including Feminist Theory and Pop Culture (Sense, 2015), and Sing Us a Song, Piano Woman: Female Fans and the Music of Tori Amos (Scarecrow, 2013).
“This collection makes explicit the connection between politics, policy, and gender on a range of feminist issues from gun violence to comedy to prison reform. We need the pointed and insightful analysis and suggestions for cultural change so that more women can assume leadership positions. The chapters are part critique and part playbook for activism. I intend to use this as a text in the college classroom, but I also look forward to sharing this with my Girl Scouts, the newest members of our feminist movements.” – Sandra L. Faulkner, Professor of Communication and Director of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Bowling Green State University

“I do not believe there has been a more important time for research that produces answers to confounding social and cultural problems than there is today. At once incisive, unapologetic, compelling, and practical, The Politics of Gender responds to this need in impressive and useful ways.” – Keith Berry, Department of Communication, University of South Florida, author of Bullied: Tales of Torment, Identity, and Youth

“In a tumultuous political climate, this collection deconstructs the ways in which politics remains highly gendered, and the deleterious impact that has on society. Trier-Bieniek has curated a wonderful selection of writers who call for social change and justice. This book could not be more timely. “ – Jessica Gullion, Associate Professor of Sociology at Texas Woman's University, author of Diffractive Ethnography and Writing Ethnography
Adrienne Trier-Bieniek
Match Girls
Ilyse Kusnetz

1. The Future Is Intersectional: Creating an Inclusive Feminist Movement
Amanda Pullum and Adrienne Trier-Bieniek
2. Has Hillary Clinton Shifted the Media Narrative of Women in Leadership?
Federica Fornaciari and Laine Goldman
3. #Imwithher Or #Feelthebern: The Impact of Age, Gender, and Intersectionality on Politics
Jaime Hartless
4. The Magic of Michelle: An Intersectional Analysis of the (Black) First Lady
Sonita R. Moss
5. The Same-Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act in Nigeria: A Critique of Body Policing
Esther Ajayi-Lowo
6. The Incarceration of Gender: Assessing, Managing, and Treating the Needs of Transgender Inmates
Chastity Blankenship and Lisa M. Carter
7. The Cost of the “Lesbian Obesity Epidemic”: Pathologizing Sexuality in Public Health
Ellen Cox
8. The Gendered Nature of Firearm-Related Intimate Partner Violence
Selina E. M. Kerr
9. “I’m Female as Fuck”: Samantha Bee’s Full Frontal as Feminist Voice of Resistance
Sarah E. Fryett

Conclusion – What’s Next?
Adrienne Trier-Bieniek
About the Contributors
All interested in the connection between politics and gender, particularly undergraduate and graduate students studying in the area.