Kinsey Spears is a doctoral candidate at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, where her work focuses on gender, security studies, and Women, Peace and Security. Spears is also a researcher for the Feinstein International Center; a Teaching Fellow for Gender, Culture and Conflict and Security Sector Reform: Conceptual and Contextual Debates in Peacebuilding; and a Research Fellow at the World Peace Foundation. She has also worked as a Director of Scheduling in the U.S. Senate. She tweets at @Kinspears
The military’s reticence to talk about masculinities and male trauma fails to account for how harmful gender norms shape military policy and culture – impacting the safety and wellbeing of all Service members.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to roll back the protections for abortion access will have consequences far beyond women’s healthcare in the United States. The decision will affect force readiness for the U.S. military, Washington’s international standing, and the ability for the U.S. to provide ability to provide effective humanitarian aid abroad. In this Dossier, Emily Prey and Kinsey Spears examine the far-reaching effects of the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision and the steps the U.S. government should take to protect abortion care and bodily autonomy.
Washington must employ a strategic gender analysis when considering how to counter Beijing’s exportation of patriarchal authoritarianism.
Understanding how the current practice of bacha bazi is linked with the oppression of women’s rights, human rights violations, and pedophilia will be important for the Biden administration as it navigates its new relationship with Afghanistan.