Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Global vs. Transnational

Global feminism has trouble allowing for a broad and interchangeable definition to what being a woman entails. When you are discussing women based on a global outlook, there is no way to encompass them into one category because they have extremely different living experiences involving oppression, subjugation, and discrimination. It is hard to give women an identity that can hold accuracy on a global level. Global feminism tends to categorize women as a whole, and in turn ignores the crossroads of other characteristics that also define a woman. These things such as race, class, religion, nationality, socioeconomic status, sexuality, etc. are all a part of being a woman. As I learned in the lecture model for this section, all of those characteristics inform what it actually means to be a woman, both as a practical experience and as an intellectual construction.

Transnational feminism attempts to question the hegemonic stance on feminism that global feminism and take into account the many crossroads associated with being a woman. Not taking those things such as history, culture and economics into account makes it impossible to define “an average third world woman.” There is an attempt by transnational feminist to expand communication across the globe that will create a non-hierarchical platform for communication and understanding.

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