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University of Guelph
Women's Studies
WMST 1000
Andrew Robinson

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 West Paternalistic-treat others as lacking agency and being dependent. We act towards them as if we were parents or a father. Development projects “savior” complex-need someone else to step in and help them out or do things for them. 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? Chandra Mohanty Discursive colonization A relation of structural dominance A suppression of the heterogeneity(expression of things being different) Western feminist discourses Create dichotomies or binaries(developed/underdeveloped) Woman/women binary 3rd world women=a single, monolithic Woman Western women=individuals or “women”(plural) Third world difference West/east=north/south=develo
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