The discordant voices in the feminist choir: post socialist feminism between “going back”, “starting from scratch” and a “post-East” re-existence

Madina Tlostanova In her article Tlostanova analyses the options of post socialist Eastern European feminisms in today’s neoliberal condition in which they have become the semi periphery of the West. She suggests three trajectories: going back (either to pre-socialist, often patriarchal models or nostalgic memories of the Soviet period), starting from scratch, imitating Western feminism

Incidence of sexual violence among women, risk groups and attitudes in Estonia

Kai Part, Made Laanpere, Hedda Lippus A population-based questionnaire survey demonstrated that sexual violence, including rape, is widespread in Estonia. In the group of 16–44-year-old women in Estonia, 16% of the respondents had experienced types of sexual violence studied. Both women and men experience sexual violence in Estonia, but the majority of victims are women.

Woman in foreign academia: Women scholars from Central and Eastern Europe problematizing gender equality in Swedish universities

Marion Pajumets, Triin Roosalu Women are under-represented in science, technology and engineering research both in Central and Eastern Europe and Nordic countries. Differently from post socialist countries, however, Swedish academia uses different interventions to improve the position of women scientists. Thus, women scientists from Central and Eastern Europe who work in Swedish academia should value

”Finding a girl sleeping in the arms of a boy is not shameful for them.“ August Wilhelm Hupel’s descriptions of peasant sexual life in the context of the history of the Estonian family

Merili Metsvahi The article gives a brief overview of the life and work of August Wilhelm Hupel and focuses on the treatment of peasant sexual life in Hupel’s three-volume work Topographische Nachrichten von Lief- und Ehstland (1774- 1782) (‘Topographic news from Livonia and Estonia’) and his articles Ueber den Werth der Jungfrauschaft unter Ehsten und

The problematic relationship of feminism and neoliberalism

Raili Marling While internationally there is ample criticism of neoliberalism in feminist and gender studies literature, it is missing in today’s Estonia, probably because of the wide acceptance of neoliberalist ideals in Estonian society. Because of the silent acceptance of neoliberalism, we especially, need its critical analyses, including from a gendered perspective. The article first,

Gender stereotypes and epistemic injustice

Endla Lõhkivi The article addresses the operation of gender stereotypes in scholarly contexts from the perspective of philosophy of science. The author proceeds from Alison Wylie’s treatment of epistemic injustice that allows us to explain how stereotypes contribute to biased evaluation of research results. While Wylie demonstrates how cool work environment culture supports biased evaluation

Christian family and the ideology of family values

Anne Kull The attitudes of Jesus and his followers about family were ambivalent. In fact, for most of Christian history, attitudes about family have tended to be negative: Jesus was most probably not married, asceticism (monks, nuns, hermits) had a higher position and was more respected in both Catholic and Orthodox Christianity.  Like all world

What do we talk about when we talk about feminism in Estonia?

Redi Koobak Lately, feminist activities have gained considerable new ground in Estonia and this has brought about the need to contextualize current debates historically in order to demonstrate the continuity of feminist thought and praxis as well as to point to changes that have already taken place. Since stories of the emergence of feminism in