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date: 02 December 2020

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This article investigates how “security” is imbued with gender and tries to provide an account of the core academic and political dynamics that arise when “gender” and “security” are combined. It begins with a section on the political ambiguities and dynamics that surround “security” and explains how combining gender and security summons some of the dichotomies of political life. This is followed by a discussion on the primary ways that gender and security have been linked in policy and academic discourse. The article then studies the claim that women are more peaceful than men and notes that, if this claim is true, it would imply that placing more women in positions of political power would produce a more secure world. It ends with a discussion of the ways gender can become a “referent object” for security, the concepts of masculinity and militarism, and the contribution of feminist security studies to security studies.

Keywords: security, political dynamics, academic discourse, women in politics, referent object, masculinity, militarism, feminist security studies, security studies

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