Woman’s Studies Lecture 5 Oct. 31/11
Third World Women
Discourse-how we represent and talk about something
Two features of world women
Self-reifying(making real): reinforce a positive, self-aggrandizing image of the
Paternalistic-treat others as lacking agency and being dependent. We act
towards them as if we were parents or a father.
“savior” complex-need someone else to step in and help them out or do things for
Charity work vs. Solidarity(whats the problem? How can we address the issues?)
work-they need to depend upon us and that makes solidarity impossible.
Failure to meet the needs of communities and individuals.
What is our relationship to power, colonialism, and cultural imperialism?
What are the effects of the representations of third world women that are not grounded
in historical, political and local contexts?
A relation of structural dominance
A suppression of the heterogeneity(expression of things being different)
Western feminist discourses
Create dichotomies or binaries(developed/underdeveloped)
3rd world women=a single, monolithic Woman
Western women=individuals or “women”(plural)
Third world difference