Tickner, J. Ann. (1997) “You Just Don’t Understand: Troubled Engagements between Feminists and IR Theorists.” International Studies Quarterly 41, no. 4
This article constitutes a pivotal point in the establishment of critical theory, and specifically feminist theory, in the field of International Relations theory. More specifically, Tickner clearly states how the lack of feminist engagements in standard International Relations research is due to misunderstandings of feminist thinking, rather than lack of consistency in critical theory. Tickner is particularly interested in deconstructing the masculinized concepts that inform our understanding of global politics, which limits our approaches of topics such as secuirty. Amongst many interesting points, Tickner engages with the critique of a particular trend in feminist thinking, which supports the idea that women are inherently “peaceful” because of motherly instinct, debunking this assumption by showing how women have often been pro-war.