Uncritical Feminism

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Transnational feminists Inderpal Grewal, Julietta Hua and Leti Volpp aim to decenter from a universal common agenda for women’s human rights that is focused on eliminating the institutionalized invisibility of women in the global arena and inducing women’s equality. The universalized representations of the Third World as an ahistorical and homogenous space which arise in Western imperialist culture fails to account for the particular histories and situations of non-Western women. Grewal, Hua and Volpp have problematized and challenged feminists such as Charlotte Bunch and Susan Moller Okin’s understandings of violence through analyzing various case studies. The uncritical advocacy for international women’s human rights is very idealistic in thought; however, in reality, this push for ‘women’s rights as human’s rights” is simplistic …show more content…
According to Grewal (1999) the “women’s rights as human rights” movement is enabled by existing hegemonic geopolitical discourse instilled by the West. The issues affecting women are categorized under a single entity which neglects the differences women across the world encompass (Grewal, 1999). The hegemonic forms of Western feminism through universalizing discourses that promote common agendas for all women globally and to mobilize such discourses through the transnational culture of an international law that can serve the interests of all women globally (Grewal, 1999). Global and liberal feminists such as Charlotte Bunch push for a common agenda that puts women as the centre rather than on the margins of issues (Grewal, 1999). This concept of human rights is founded on the presumption of an individualistic ethic and emphasizes that social formations are homogenous (Grewal, 1999). While we may see

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