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Revisiting Gendered StatesFeminist Imaginings of the State in International Relations$
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Swati Parashar, J. Ann Tickner, and Jacqui True

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190644031

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190644031.001.0001

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Mother Russia in Queer Peril

Mother Russia in Queer Peril

The Gender Logic of the Hypermasculine State

(p.105) Chapter 7 Mother Russia in Queer Peril
Revisiting Gendered States

Cai Wilkinson

Oxford University Press

The notion of “Mother Russia” has long played a central role in the articulation of Russian statehood. Drawing on Peterson’s “lens of protection,” this chapter interrogates how “Russia as Motherland” has been utilized to help construct a neopaternalist gender regime and state identity via a narrative of existential threat to Mother Russia from an “Unholy Queer Peril.” This narrative highlights the state’s dogmatic adherence to “traditional” understandings of gender and sexuality, and the chapter explores the impact of the perception of a “queer peril” for practices of statecraft, showing how the hypermasculine state’s “fear of queer” becomes both defining and self-defeating as the state’s logic of protection focuses increasingly on ensuring the “correct” performance of gender by state and citizens alike.

Keywords:   Russia, Mother Russia, hypermasculinity, hyperfemininity, queer, LGBT

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