Posted by: ghazzu | December 14, 2007

Components of feminist theory

Mies, Maria exquisitely packs her entire thought of the chapter in a few lines saying, ‘ the battle is not between particular groups with common interests or political goals and some external enemy, but takes place within women and men and between women and men’.   The most intriguing facet of her chapter is how she strongly propogands the internal struggle for women that is predominately structured between women and women. Feminism had to at it’s heart be a collective phenomenon, however, what was not foreseen was the opposition that would be encountered by the different spectrum of women spread around the arena.  Mies, Maria expediates by constantly reaverting to the word ‘Freminism’ as it was the term that was considered Western and bad. Feminists were looked down upon by other stratas of women because it was seen as an off shoot of colonialism. Feminism has to still face it’s biggest enemy that is the derogatory connotation of the term ‘other women’. It is this struggle between the ‘other’ and the ’self’. Where as women from the third world countries sought to personally disassociate themselves from the ‘other women’ and furthered themselves away from this western branch of thought.The women from the third world were concerned with issues related more to the heart; those of poverty and graver in nature. Their battle is a more necessity based one and a more internal one. But, that is what the feminists tried stripping away, this notion of feminism not being just as important an issue to be dealt with. They needed to be a collective force to be an effective one and thus they sought to achieve some common ground.  However, women from the Third world had issues of survival at stake, not of men.That is what Bulbeck introduces by differentiating between the First world and third world. Her introductory chapter is then focused more on the history of history itself.   Therefore, Feminism can not only be seen as a theory alone, it has to be understood in the structures and history that it is born and cultivated in. 

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