It is a branch of Critical Social Theory thatseeks to explore how we think, or do notthink, or avoid thinking about gender ininternational relations. Feminists argue thattraditional IR thinking has avoided thinking of
in the capacity of sociallyconstituted subject categories by subsumingthem in other categories (e.g. statesmen,soldiers, refugees), too readily accepting thatwomen are located inside the typicallyseparate sphere of domestic life, and retreatingto abstractions (i.e. the state) that mask amasculine identity.