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  • 1. ‘Union Man’ is a caricature we have invented who embodies characteristics common to academic Union Representatives we have encountered within academia. Union Man sees the world through a lens of masculinised labour struggle, where issues of gender inequality within academia are often dismissed as a nuisance. See also @aca- demicmale on Twitter for a similar parody of academia’s dismissal of women academics and gender concerns.
  • 2. For example, the feminist collective FAAB (Feminists Against Academic Bollocks). See Reay (2014).
  • 3. For more on the feminist politics of citation see https://woman-
  • 4. In using the term ‘Manifesta’ we borrow from other calls for collective feminist activism in and through our academic practice, namely, Savigny and Warner (2015) and Kearney (2013).


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