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Who Is Afraid of Feminist Thought?: In Memoriam: Hana Havelková (18 September 1949–31 October 2020)

Who Is Afraid of Feminist Thought?: In Memoriam: Hana Havelková (18 September 1949–31 October 2020) in memoriam Who Is Afraid of Feminist Thought? In Memoriam: Hana Havelková ( 18 September 1949–31 October 2020) Ve ˇra Sokolová Charles University, Prague Libora Oates-Indruchová University of Graz H ana Havelková quickly became a leading voice of Czech feminist thought in the 1990s when she participated in the “East-West” debates about the place and usefulness of feminism in postsocialist societies. When did her journey to gender theory and re- search begin? She tells us about those beginnings: I did not start to take an interest in the question of the position of women in our republic at my own initiative. I had to be asked to do so, and even then, around 1990, I thought, like many others did, that there is not much to say about the topic of men and women, that there are not many problems in this area. I quickly learned how very wrong I was. I realised with a shock that the communist authorities had managed to erase from public attention and discussion even such elementary human questions as the relations between the sexes and the transformations of men’s and women’s roles, including, for example, parental roles. After the initial nudge, she wrote http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Aspasia Berghahn Books

Who Is Afraid of Feminist Thought?: In Memoriam: Hana Havelková (18 September 1949–31 October 2020)

Aspasia , Volume 15 (1) – Aug 1, 2021

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1933-2882
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in memoriam Who Is Afraid of Feminist Thought? In Memoriam: Hana Havelková ( 18 September 1949–31 October 2020) Ve ˇra Sokolová Charles University, Prague Libora Oates-Indruchová University of Graz H ana Havelková quickly became a leading voice of Czech feminist thought in the 1990s when she participated in the “East-West” debates about the place and usefulness of feminism in postsocialist societies. When did her journey to gender theory and re- search begin? She tells us about those beginnings: I did not start to take an interest in the question of the position of women in our republic at my own initiative. I had to be asked to do so, and even then, around 1990, I thought, like many others did, that there is not much to say about the topic of men and women, that there are not many problems in this area. I quickly learned how very wrong I was. I realised with a shock that the communist authorities had managed to erase from public attention and discussion even such elementary human questions as the relations between the sexes and the transformations of men’s and women’s roles, including, for example, parental roles. After the initial nudge, she wrote

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