This paper examines gender aspects of tactics of the alter-globalization movement. Focusing mainly on two transnational collective actions in Prague in 2000 and in Genoa in 2001, the research draws on participant observation, interviews with activists and analysis of the movement's alternative media. The feminist activism within the movement, the gendered tactics and their representation in the alternative media are analysed using the concept of diffusion. Although feminists are involved in the protests, and local Czech feminist activism was incited by the international mobilizations in Prague in 2000, they are often marginalized because of the emphasis on masculine confrontational and violent tactics used in demonstrations. The movement's alternative media further reproduce gender stereotypes. The visual representations of the tactics are traditionally gendered – women are depicted as fairies, men as fighters; this is because the movement does not want to appear weak and feminine, and seeks to be effective.
Fairies and Fighters: Gendered Tactics of the Alter-Globalisation Movement in Prague (2000) and Genoa (2001)
Kolářová, Marta. 2009. „Fairies and Fighters: Gendered Tactics of the Alter-Globalisation Movement in Prague (2000) and Genoa (2001).“ Feminist Review 92 (1): 91-107. ISSN 0141-7789.