Gendercentric provides an independent, critical but humorous take on gender stories from media, academic and development circles for a broad audience of experts and amateurs. Development donor reports, mainstream media and other newsblogs, academic papers, and the latest publishing sensation are equally 'grist to the mill' of our conversation. Articles are posted regularly on this page and shorter news items of interest on Facebook and Twitter. Gendercentric hopes that both experts and amateurs will find something here to interest and provoke!

You may well wonder what do the ungainly Duck-billed Platypus and the soignée "retail guru" Mary Portas ("Queen of Shops") have in common? The answer is that each in their way has defied the categories of Normal and Abnormal that society routinely imposes.

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Those of us working in gender and international development can remember the good old days.... which are still with us.... when governments and development agencies.....could pat themselves on the back for producing data disaggregated by sex....

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How is one to deal with the new celebrity being enjoyed by “feminism”? Those who have been toiling in the gender equality vineyards for decades, with modest harvests, may find it hard to cope with feminism becoming not only acceptable, but also chic. Does this mean the shouting is over and we can all start thinking about some other kinds of discrimination requiring eradication...or is there still more toiling to be done on the feminist front-line?

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“Cross-border surrogacy raises thorny questions, especially for feminists.Some people look at women selling their eggs or reproductive capacity as an individual right within the context of wage labor. Others see these practices as deepening gender and class inequalities in a not-so-free market”.

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This is a book - High Altitude WOMAN: From Extreme Sports to Indigenous Cultures –Discovering the Power of the Feminine by Jan Reynolds.

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