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Keywords:

  • gender;
  • international studies;
  • pedagogy;
  • blogs;
  • feminism

This article discusses the pedagogical potential of a series of blog posts called “Feminist IR 101,” which I wrote and posted on Duck of Minerva (duckofminerva.blogspot.com) over the course of 2010 and 2011. As our students increasingly rely on the internet as a source of not only news but knowledge and opinions, this group of posts looks to reach our student audience (and perhaps even others in the discipline) differently than textbooks or other traditional materials. They were meant to be an introduction to feminist IR in the true sense of the word–what feminist IR is, the vocabulary it uses, how it is useful in analysis, and why it is meaningful to scholars and students of gender and global politics. Their goal is to account for both what a feminist perspective contributes to the study of global politics and why I chose to do my research from that perspective. This short article looks specifically at both the “Feminist IR 101” project and its potential classroom uses, as well as the pedagogical value of blogging feminist IR more generally.