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Check and Extend Expectations.

How do funding bodies define gender? Which areas of life (work, health, family, …) are looked at in what way(s)? Which other marginalised groups or dimensions of discrimination could be included here?

When calling for submissions, funding bodies often include requests to attend to gender issues - but most often based on stereotypical, binary concepts of gender. Too often, gender research still means looking at “women’s topics” based on essentialist1 viewpoints - although there are many other gendered issues to be addressed.

Viewing calls through the lens of intersectionality2 and equity could, for example, enable researchers to research concepts of masculinity and their apparent incompatibility with emotional/medical/mental health, or with specific professions and other topics.


  1. Essentialism assumes that there is a strictly binary, immutable, complementary set of genitalia that neatly aligns with gender, learned behaviour and social roles.↩︎

  2. Multidimensional marginalisation causes new forms of discrimination. Black women, for example, experience different kinds of discrimination than white women, but are also discriminated against differently than Black men.↩︎