Saturday, July 17, 2010
Transnational feminists inquire in to the social, political and economic conditions comprising imperialism; their connections to colonialism and nationalism; the role of gender, the state, race, class, and sexuality in the organization of resistance to hegemonies in the making and unmaking of nation and nation-state. Global feminism concerns itself primarily with the forward movement of women’s rights on a global scale. Using different historical lenses from the legacy of colonialism, Global Feminists adopt global causes and start movements which seek to dismantle what they argue are the currently predominant structures of global patriarchy. Global Feminism is also known as Transnational Feminism, World Feminism, and International Feminism. Feminism can get past the identity problem when it comes to the identity category of “woman” because many things have changed today. Women still, usually, take their husband’s last names, but they do not have to. Women are strong, capable, and do not want feminists speaking for them to make them into victims. One thing that I believe to be a critical part of gender justice framework is the workforce. Gender justice is defined as bringing about more equitable relations between men and women with the implication that women become defined as equal citizens. That being said, women should not be discriminated against because they are not considered to be strong enough. “Third Women” might be resentful of Western feminists because they are working women. They do not need someone speaking for them. I believe the feminist theories discussed earlier in this course to be hegemonic because there is always a group of higher power over another.