Friday, July 02, 2010

Global Feminism?

Welcome to my new blog design. I thought it was time to spice things up a bit!

An interesting discussion on the terms "Global Feminism" is unfolding on the Gender Across Borders website.

Here is a definition by Elizabeth Switaj: It is no longer enough to cross borders or speak (or shout or scream or sing) across borders. We must transgress boundaries, and not just national ones. We need feminism and environmentalism, feminism and disability rights, feminism and trans* rights: we need to recognise that the hybrids thus created will not always look the same and, indeed, should not look the same. Global feminism, I mean my global feminism since there are many, breeds the beauty of deep and respected difference.

Definition by Kyle Bachan: To me, global feminism is a collaborative, universal effort which aims to push civilization towards equality and social justice. To explain the notion of universality, allow me to use the religion analogy. There are 22 different major religions in the world and these religions all have different structures, customs, and laws. Fundamentally, however, religion is preaching the same thing across its different platforms. Likewise, there are many different types (and waves) of feminism that bring a wide variety of ideologies to the table. Though they may disagree on certain issues of gender difference (or at least, focus on different issues) they are all bringing their movements to the same table—and that table is called global feminism.

Definition by Colleen Hodgetts: To me, global feminism is a repetitive name, as my feminist identity has always included a global perspective. Global Feminism is the idea of gender equality across national borders with an awareness of different cultures, languages, and experiences. It involves standing in solidarity with women who face inequality in a different way than I do. As a Western feminist, a large part of global feminism, for me, is listening: taking a passive role and allowing women who are often spoken for or about to speak for themselves.

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