Are We Trying to Dictate What Feminism Is to Women in the Third World?
[Editor's note: How is feminism in America different from feminism in other parts of the world? Have we tried to impose our own ideas about equality and what women should be fighting for on other countries? And what’s been the effect? Gayle Kimball takes a thought-provoking look at those issues at Fem2.0.--Mona]
Some in the Global South bemoan the influence of Western consumerism on girls and women. In Nigeria, Nanjala Nyabola says she was raised with the idea of feminists as bra-burners who couldn’t get along with men. She reports that “In many parts of the Global South, women are rejecting the baggage that comes with western feminism….Qualified feminism—third-world feminism, postcolonial feminism, chicana feminism—emerged as a rejection of this homogenizing approach to liberation, as many women felt that their double burden—gender as well as racial or economic—was being overlooked.” For example, she points out that western feminists aim for sexual liberation, while in other parts of the world women want freedom from sexualization.