Counterstrategies against Antifeminism: Academia meets Practice

Sabine Grenz, Marion Näser-Lather, Dorothee Beck

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Based on examples of antifeminist and anti-»genderist« attacks against schol-
ars in Women’s, Gender and Feminist Studies (WGFS) as well as practitioners and activists, this paper proposes relevant counterstrategies. After briefly outlining the characteristics of current antifeminist and anti-»genderist« discourses, we share our own experiences with such attacks. We discuss criticisms of and defamations against WGFS inside academia, antifeminist interventions in journalistic public spheres and difficulties encountered in collaborations between WGFS scholars and activists. From our experiences, we derive seven suggestions for strategies which WGFS could utilize to counter attacks in a transdisciplinary, intersectional way.
Translated title of the contributionStrategien gegen Anti-Feminismus: Wissenschaft trifft auf Praxis
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-133
Number of pages18
JournalBerliner Blätter
Publication statusPublished - 16 Feb 2023

Austrian Fields of Science 2012

  • 504014 Gender studies
  • 504010 European ethnology


  • Antifeminism
  • counterstrategies
  • Gender Studies

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