Power Relations In Colonialism

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This statement claims that due to the fact that European and U.S colonial powers were a product of the European Enlightenment, they believed in the equality of all human beings. The Japanese also believed that within the spheres of race and culture, they shared these similarities with their colonized subjects. Therefore, European, U.S. and Japanese colonial endeavors were not a product of racist discrimination but a tactic developed to lift the status of women within in the areas that they colonized. I do not agree with this statement because as much as their intensions could have been to further social equality, the way in which colonial apparatuses obtained their power automatically painted the colonized body as the ‘other,’ thus inherently …show more content…
The colonized woman was fundamentally seen as an object of comfort, as they began living as concubines to a European man (Stoler, 1997, Pg. 348). This in turn kept the European man safe from disease and perverse liaisons (Stoler, 1997, Pg. 348). These gender specific sexual sanctions (Stoler, 1997, Pg. 345) enforced hierarchies within sexual access, class distinctions and dictated racial privilege (Stoler, 1997, Pg. 367). Thus, class and gender discrimination was translated through a racist attitude (Stoler, 1997, Pg. 367), as it was easy for the colonizer to dehumanize the already racialized colonial woman in order to satisfy the European man. The female colonial subject was stripped and denied of her humanity, to serve as concubines for an inherently patriarchal dominated hierarchy, in which she had no real legitimacy. This could have only been done if colonial powers had already determined these women as the ‘other’ innately racializing her in the process, resulting in all the power being in the hands to the colonizer to do whatever they pleased. Thus, these women were exposed to a sense of double subjugation, as within colonial hierarchies they were already the racialized colonial subjects but in being women as well they were placed even lower within these hierarchies and stripped of their agency as a

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