WGS Final.pdf - Spencer 1 Jocelyn Spencer Professor Chui Transnational feminist A New Kind of Feminism Analyzing and Identifying “Western Feminism”

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Spencer, 1 Jocelyn Spencer 12/14/17 Professor Chui Transnational feminist A New Kind of Feminism: Analyzing and Identifying “Western Feminism” from “Third World Feminism” Many first world countries deem it their duty to civilize Third World Countries by empowering their women. Female empowerment is what Chandra Mohanty’s Under Western Eyes illustrates is the difference between feminism of the First World country from Third World ones. She says that First World feminist believe that women in the Third World country are oppressed by their male counterparts and victims to their savage power. Documentary Half the Sky illustrates this by creating the sense that Third World countries need first world countries like our own to help civilize them, saving from gender based violence and sex trafficking and lack of education. Eisenstein, Feminisms From Elsewhere , displays that this idea of saving illustrated from First World countries is indeed modern day colonialism as they project their own ideas of what female empowerment should look like upon their societies, not acknowledging that feminism is a multi-faceted thing. Abu-Lughod, Do Muslim Women Need Saving? , believes that First World feminism needs to be questioned as it forces itself upon others culture. Mohanty notes that there is a separation between “Western Feminism” and “Third World Feminism.” Labelling two different types of feminism creates a sense that these Feminism is not universal but rather the empowerment of females is different depending on their position in the world. Western Feminism creates a homogenous or singular depiction of the Third world woman in comparison to their male counterparts. Mohanty notes that, “An analysis of ‘sexual difference’ in the form of a cross-culturally singular, monolithic notion of patriarchy or male dominance
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2 leads to the construction of a similarly reductive and homogenous notion of the ‘Third World difference.’ And it is in the production of this Third World difference that Western Feminisms appropriate and colonize the constructive complexities that characterize the lives of women in these countries.” In other words, First World countries impose itself upon Third World countries 1 as they create the idea that all Third World woman is under the restrictive power of their male counterparts. This is seen through Half the Sky’s characterizing Third World countries with gender-based violence and sex trafficking and lack of education. Within the first four minutes it is not hard to see that the film is skewed in the lens of those in First World countries.The film welcomes its viewers with the image of a happy baby then drastically changes to a little girl holding her baby in squalor with a building torn down appearing sad this shifts to viewing an African child behind barbed wires seeming oppressed, an Indian lady beaten by males(the male arm tightly around her), and sadness from another girl. Then it becomes empowering as we see the girls empowered through education and filled with happiness. This scene concludes with
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