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Boys don't always have to be boys: The local and global politics of exposing and challenging patriarchal impunity
One of the most seemingly intractable formulas for dismissing patriarchal behavior is the facile assertion that "Boys will be boys." This discussion is a plenary lecture of the PSA Annual International Conference 2019 in Nottingham, UK.
In this plenary lecture, Professor Enloe will argue that one of the most seemingly intractable formulas for dismissing patriarchal behaviour is the facile assertion that "boys will be boys."
We need to treat this assertion - and the more sophisticated renditions of it - as profoundly political. Feminist activists and researchers are working to hold accountable local and international perpetrators and enablers of all forms of gendered harassment and violence. Their accountability projects offer us ways to dig into the institutional and cultural politics of "Boys will be Boys" - and thereby to effectively transform those politics.
A lunch in honour of Professor Enloe and hosted by the PSA Women and Politics Specialist Group will follow the lecture in the Bowden Room from 12:30 - 13:30.
Professor Cynthia Enloe as keynote speaker. Cynthia Enloe is Research Professor of International Development and Women's Studies at Clark University in Massachusetts
Dr Rose Gann as Chair. Rose Gann is Head of Department for Politics and International Relations at Nottingham Trent University and a trustee of the Political Studies Association.