Sex, Babies, and the State: Old and New Forms of Pronatalism and Gender Inequality in Illiberal Hungary

October 15, 2021, 12 p.m. PDT

 

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The Center for European and Russian Studies at UCLA and the Wende Museum present the 2021 CERS-Wende lecture “Sex, Babies, and the State: Old and New Forms of Pronatalism and Gender Inequality in Illiberal Hungary” with Éva Fodor, Professor of Gender Studies and Co-Director of the Democracy Institute at the Central European University, Vienna and Budapest. 

The backsliding of democracy is a worldwide phenomenon, and Hungary has gained international fame for its rapid decline into an authoritarian, “illiberal” rule. The new political regime has reshaped gender relations and introduced a novel form of pronatalism along with distinctly different roles, and responsibilities, for men and women. In this lecture, Éva Fodor will describe these changes and their consequences.

How do illiberal politicians use the concept of gender and gender inequality to buttress their political rule? What kinds of policies have been introduced which target women, fertility, reproductive rights, and the distribution of care work? Can we find similarities to and differences from Hungary's socialist past? This presentation will focus on Hungary while also calling attention to similar processes taking place elsewhere in the region and beyond.

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