Western Feminism is Promoting Colonialism in the Third World Essay

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Chandra Mohanty argues in her essay “Under Western Eyes: Feminist Scholarship and Colonial Discourses” that many Western feminists write about women in the Third World as if they were a homogenous mass. She argues in her essay that the Western feminists need to see the variety among women in the Third World. While at times she falls into the same generalization trap that she accuses the Western women of making, she ultimately proves that the feminist believe that Third World societies oppress all women elevates the Western world view as the superior one again and is similar to the colonialism of previous times.
Mohanty writes that feminists in the US and western Europe act similarly towards women in the Third World. She asserts, “The
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However, Mohanty falls in the same mode of thinking, since no general truth encompasses all of Western thinking, under which she summarizes feminism.
Western feminism thinks that all people of Third World countries are alike and the mainly white female feminists of all places try to prove this using similar research. In order to prove that white feminists generalize people of different races and cultures, Mohanty writes, “I would like to draw attention to the remarkably similar effects of various analytical categories and even strategies which codify their relationship to the Other in implicitly hierarchical terms” (Mohanty 694). “The Other” are a group or a people who are outside of one self’s circle and are usually marginalized and seen as different from oneself. Mohanty uses “The Other” to speak about the women in the Third Word, but she also includes “working-class and feminist women of color around the world” (Mohanty 695). She therefore restricts her definition of western feminism to thinking it consists of mainly white women who define “the Other” as people of color, which is a generalization on the subject of race. She states that the white feminists think themselves as of a higher rank than their sisters, and therefore evaluate their lower

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