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Week 11- Wednesday March 19 Feminist Politics & Organizing -- mar 19.pdf

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▯ Week 11: Wednesday March 19 Feminist Politics & Organizing Readings: § Enloe, Beyond the Global Victim (G&K) § men called women to become more involved in international issues, to learn more about what is going on in the world § women need to devote precious time and energy to learning about events outside their own country because as women they are the objects of those events § activists who are trying to persuade women to get involved are not inviting some to reinterpret international politics by drawing on their own experiences as women § because organizations aren't curios about what women's experiences could lend to an understanding of international politics many women especially those whose energies are already stretched to limit are wary of becoming involved in an international campaign § if women are asked to join an international campaign—for peace, against communism, for refugees, against apartheid, for religious evangelsism, against hunger—but are not allowed to define the problem, it looks to many locally engaged women like abstract do gooding with minimal connection to the battles for a decent life in their homelands and in their communities § the typical women need to learn more about foreign affairs approach usually portrays women as victims of the international political system § in the worldview, women are forever being acted upon; rarely are they seen to be actors § international politics women historically have not hand access to the resources enabling them to wield influence § today women are routinely paid less than even the owes paid men in multinational companies, and women are two thirds of all refugees § women activists have a harder time influencing struggling ethnic nationalist movement than do men; women get less of the ideological and job rewards from fighting in foreign wars than do men § international political systems has been designed and maintained some men at the top and most women at the bottom § some women's class aspirations and racist fears lured them into the role of controlling other women for the sake of international rule § become administration wives, missionaries, travel writers, anthropologists § to describe colonization as a process that has been cared by men overlooks the ways in which male colonizers success depended on some women's complicity § without the willingness of respectable women to see that colonization offered them an opportunity for adventure or a new chance of uncial security or moral commitment colonization would have been even more problematic § feminists who listen to women working for multinational corporations have heard these women articulate their own strategies for coping with this husbands resentment, their formens sexual harassment and the paternalism of male union leaders § to depict these women's merely as passive cities in the international politics of the banana or garment industries doesnt do them justice § produces an inaccurate picture of how these global systems operate § corporate executives and development technocrats need some women to depend on cash wages; need some women to see a factory or plantation job as a means of delaying marriage or fulfilling daughterly obligations § without women's own needs, values, and worries the global assembly line would grind to a halt § many of the needs, values and worries are defined by patriarchal structures and strictures § womens capacity to challenge the men in their families, their communities, or the political movements will be a key to remaking the world § Woodhull, Global Feminists, Transnational Political Economies, Third World Production (G&K) § must look a the ways non western feminists are shaping feminist debates in order to rectify a western bias in the discourse § third wave feminism—mainly a first world phenomena generated by women who have limited interest in women's struggles elsewhere on the planet § number of third wave feminist websites promote women's empowerment in and through computer technologies § webgrrls celebrate women's involvement in the field of technology ad encourage all women to make use of it any way that may be helpful to them and to feminist causes § the first world stands in for the world as a whole § radical feminists turn a blind eye to the situations of women in the third world or content themselves with paying lip service to the importance of third world feminist struggles without bothering to investigate the ways in which those struggles are linked with their own § todays computer technologies and mass communications networks have facilitated the growth of transnational intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations devoted to feminism, human rights and economy § even though transnational feminisms have more potential today than ever before § third wave feminism emerged at a historical juncture in the late 1980s and early 1990s when leftist moments in western countries were more focused on their domestic economic and political crises than on international policies and when the new cable news network broadcast of ingratiation of new world order—violently imposed without significant negotiation anew without apology by the US—-mass mediated golf war § this period was characterized by corporate downsizing, underemployment, and high unemployment in Europe, as well as by growing ethnicization of class differences and by intense racial strife and xenophobia in the west —not to mention the feminization of poverty across the globe § information technology and transnational finance became the most powerful economic forces in the postindustrial western countries, enabling those nations to dominate the rest of the world more effectively that ever before § must not forget the economic boom of the late 90s —gap between rich and poor, north and south § globalization involving unprecedented transnational flow of capital and labour that fundamentally shape economic, political, social ad cultural relations § new feminists attend issues of race, class, shaping politics of gender and sexuality in the global north § transnational public sphere is importance because it is rooted in civil society, a social space that is controlled neither by the market nor by a national government and that promotes a sense of involvement with the affairs of other, unknown nankin citizens § new public spaces would work to benefit women, ethnic and religion minorities and those who have traditionally been excluded from effective involvement in the public sphere § the counterpart of transnational public sphere is global citizenship which involves deepening democracy and expanding it on a global scale so that issues such as peace, development, the environment and human rights assume a global character § cultural expression is crucial since it encourages sensuous and affective investment in social arrangements § african organizations, like all third world feminists are obliged to, take into account the neoliberal economic forces driving globalization, process of characterized by cross border flows of finance, capital and commodities, as well as by unprecendeted immigrations of cultures, ideas and people, the majority of them poor labourers or refugees § taking serious the repressive effects of the process which stem from operations of exploitative multina
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