Postcolonial Feminism: Combating Colonial Rhetoric in Feminist Theory


Being Feminist

Being the sixth part in a series on different feminisms, the fifth part was, “Individualist Feminism: A Libertarian Feminism.

Postcolonial Feminism is a subset of feminism that developed in the 1980s because it appeared that feminism only focused on the experience of women in Western cultures.

Within this essay the terms “Western,” “Western Feminism,” and “Mainstream Feminism” refer to ideas and cultures founded upon eurocentric ideals and espoused mostly within Europe and North America.

According to Chris Weedon (of Cardiff University) Postcolonial feminism seeks to account for the ways that racism and the long-lasting political, economic, and cultural effects of colonialism affect non-white, non-western woman in the postcolonial world.

In her article, “Under Western Eyes: Feminist Scholarship and Colonial Discourses,” Chandra Mohanty points out the importance of Postcolonial Feminism, critiquing what she refers to as “Eurocentric” Feminism: “This mode of feminist analysis, by homogenizing and systematizing the experiences of different groups of women in…

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