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Day of action for Gender Studies : a Merry feminist Christmas

A "Barcamp Gender Studies"? That sounds like a sex researcher*inner-tent camp with serving. In fact, the over 100 Participants of the BarCamp Gender are sitting on Tuesday at the TU Berlin, but not at the counter, but on chairs and lack of space on the floor: A Barcamp is an open event with Workshops, whose topics set the discussants spontaneously. "Bar" in computer science, a placeholder.

the Association of women's and gender research institutions, higher education institutions in Berlin (AFG), in the Berlin gender research networking has Invited. ",, AFG, please be clear," warns a scientist right at the beginning. Otherwise it sound like "AfD" and you cringe.

The AfD is an important reason for the Barcamp at the TU. The party's over-the parliaments with small requests to the Gender Studies, reported by Sabine Hark, Director of the centre for gender research at the TU Berlin. The gender research should be discredited as an ideology. Also according to the name of gender research question of the AfD. Years of increasing hostility, including from Church groups, "concerned parents", or, as Hark says, "the right of journalists" to counter the science this year, for the second Time, its nationwide "day of action on Gender". In social media, and events to be informed about the research on gender.

"Every way of a man

join the conversation" At the TU, the Participants are spread over eleven Workshops. "Gender tribunals: If the media", is a, another is concerned with "hegemonic masculinity", another with the construction of the "math hurdle" in the MINT-subjects.

"I want to network here," says a dressed in black Student, while Participating in your Workshop. "When I say that I'm a student of Gender Studies, that people react to immediately and emotionally, and everyone says, join the conversation." Only a few subjects are so close to the everyday life as well as Gender Studies. A student with cap and coffee Cup says, that she writes her master's thesis on the topic of "ideology". The Gender Studies are just as "critical science" of particular importance.

"My parents have to justify themselves constantly, that their daughter is studying Gender Studies," says a Participant. The legal scholar Ulrike Lembke says, is that, especially in the Christmas season often conflicts with family members about the Gender Studies. In your Workshop you will want to find ways to Gender Studies to understand can be communicated. In addition to the Exaggeration of the "Genderwahns" see, students also often with the accusation of "Pseudo-science", faced, as they tell. The aggressive defense of stirring, therefore, that the Gender Studies have a social order, to ask, in the many cozy, says Lembke: "The last safety is in danger." About how you could confront the hostilities at best, however, there is still a sense of helplessness. A further Workshop would be useful, the students agreed.

How it would be with a "left stove premium"?

"Feminist Economics" in the Workshop of economist Aysel Yollu-Tok. The participating students come from all sorts of disciplines, from business administration, Computer Science up to education science and Public Health. They are all interested in how the world of work, sex may just be organised and whether this is within a capitalist system at all.

The problems are quickly evident: women earn less than men, but one and a half times as much reproduction work. Single women also have little Chance to compete in the labour market. The ideas, in order to combat this inequality are many and varied: How about, for example, with a "left-at-home payment", which inspires men, more house - and to take care work? Or leadership positions to be adopted by a number of people in part-time? In the public debate, other forms of discrimination such as racism are, however, left out of mind, someone. Often it is a question of how already privileged, white women in positions of leadership. The remaining house is transferred to work and childcare often women from Eastern Europe, or women of Colour, will not be reflected. More Intersectionality is necessary, all agree, so a focus on all of the overlapping of the forms of discrimination.

Anne Fleig, Professor for modern German literature at the FU Berlin, has taken students in the first Semester in your Workshop. There, they discuss about the literary Canon, in the authors until today, unlikely to occur. "It was only spoken about men, I can remember not a single woman", reports a FU-a student from an introductory lecture. "Through such courses, it goes on and on," says another student, "to the school".

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conclusion: the fact That the Gender Studies in the course, no one believes a forthcoming ubiquitous gender justice will soon be redundant, in the round. The Professor wishes the students to the final "merry feminist Christmas".

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