Resisting the Feminist Threat: Antifeminist Politics in Post-Sandinista Nicaragua

  title={Resisting the Feminist Threat: Antifeminist Politics in Post-Sandinista Nicaragua},
  author={Karen Kampwirth},
  journal={NWSA Journal},
  pages={100 - 73}
In this article I note that one important result of the last several decades of social upheaval in Nicaragua has been the emergence of active feminist and antifeminist movements. Since there has been significant analysis of feminist organizing, and very little on antifeminist organizing, the focus of this paper is antifeminism. I argue that the emergence of this backlash movement can be explained in terms of both domestic and global politics. From a domestic perspective, the movement can be… Expand
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