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Sex, Politics, and PutinPolitical Legitimacy in Russia$
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Valerie Sperling

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199324347

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199324347.001.0001

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The Power of Sex: Culture, Gender, and Political Legitimacy

The Power of Sex: Culture, Gender, and Political Legitimacy

(p.1) 1 The Power of Sex: Culture, Gender, and Political Legitimacy
Sex, Politics, and Putin

Valerie Sperling

Oxford University Press

This chapter sets out the fundamental concepts underlying the study: gender, the social construction of gender (masculinity and femininity), and the use of gender norms, homophobia, and “topping,” in the process of building political legitimacy. It describes the global context in which gender norms and sexualization appear in a variety of political systems (democratic and dictatorial) spread across time and geographical space. The chapter briefly examines the circumstances that drive the use of gender norms in politics in general, and the ramifications of using gender norms and machismo as tools of political and organizational legitimation. The chapter also contains a synopsis of the study.

Keywords:   gender, masculinity, femininity, homophobia, politics, political legitimacy

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