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Chapter 5: The Global Stage and the Politics of Location By: Estelle Freedman Starts off by alluding to American Poet Adrienne Rich’s denouncing of the word “woman” in reference to women of color. Says that the word “woman” referring to all faceless, nameless, classless women was thought up by white, western, self-centered women (because woman “have no country”, “as a woman, my country is the entire world”), meaning that woman does not say anything about what truly defines them. Thereby later spawned the theme of “politics of location”. This spoke specifically to the way in which feminisms and the roles and identities of women across the world could not be isolated into one “commonality of category” and therefore could not be discussed in any kind of “universal terms”. This meant that international feminist movements had many varied origins. Colonialism is a term referring to the way in which different societies would colonize an area and was much of the reason for global encounters among women of different cultures. During colonialism, it was thought that the lives of the women of the colonies of the US should most accurately portray those of the women of western Europe. Goes through for several pages talking about how feminists from various countries will either respect or (usually) highly criticize the practices and cultures of other women around the world. For example, the veils worn by Turkish women were praised by French feminists because they garnered respect whilst the Americans attacked it and said that the Turkish were sex-crazed and such. Womens’ rights were rare over the course of the development of the world’s cultures until the middle of the nineteenth century. Anticolonist and nationalist policies sometimes would provide said rights but not enforce them. WWII represented a turning point for the organization of global feminism. The UN declared 1975 to be International Woman’s Year, launching a Decade for Women. For women of Asia, Africa and Latin America, the most pressing obstacle for equal rights was grand poverty. NGO meetings were held parallel to UN meetings and were frequented by many women from all over the
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