Imperialist feminism

…As I described in my essay titled “Imperialist feminism and liberalism,” the key focus of [Meredith] Tax’s attack, the framework of Imperialist Feminism is “based on the appropriation of women’s rights in the service of empire.” This framework has a long history that goes back to the 19th century.

A range of scholars such as Leila Abu-Lughod, Reina Lewis, Leila Ahmed, Marnia Lazreg, Rana Khabani, Saba Mahmood, Lata Mani, and others have written extensively about what has variously been called colonial feminism, gendered Orientalism and imperial feminism.

If Gayatri Spivak coined the phrase “White-men-saving-brown-women-from-brown-men,” to describe this phenomenon, Abu-Lughod in her recent book Do Muslim Women Need Saving analyzes the development of imperial feminism since then.

She argues that since the Afghan war a new ubiquitous commonsense has emerged that sees militarism as the means to advance women’s rights.

Historically, brown women have not been “liberated” by imperial action, as we see from Egypt under British occupation to Afghanistan under US-NATO occupation…

Next time you wonder why feminists in the West keep quiet: here is your answer—that would be “imperialist.”

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  • winniec

    It isn’t violence against women when brown men do it.
    It isn’t misogyny when Muslim males do it.
    It isn’t ‘imperialism’ when theocratic Islamic fascism does it.

  • winniec

    Georg Lukacs said, ‘Who will save us (Marxists) from European civilization?’ Feminists ask the same question because feminism is a branch of cultural Marxism. Brown men are ‘officially designated victims’, but brown women are NOT ‘officially designated victims’, so their oppression is completely IGNORED.
    The real enemy of feminism is European civilization, rather than ‘misogyny’.

    • Frau Katze

      Yep. This stuff double plus crazy.

  • glasnost

    Imperialist Feminism: I used to drive a Chrysler Imperial, it had a huge back seat…

  • angela

    As a femme bot, I had to say one word for the post.
    “Geyen na”

    • Frau Katze

      Sorry, I don’t know what that means. Google didn’t help either.

  • Pete_Brewster

    Even that’s giving them too much credit. The only real concerns of Western feminists are getting attention, plotting revenge against men for trivial or fictitious slights, or extorting money from people who have to work for what they want. The concerns of women with real problems—the ones sold by Boko Haram for the price of a six-pack of beer, for example, or mutilated by their own grandmothers—are quite beyond their comprehension.

    I dare say precious few would be caught dead with a victim of FGM in her house, for example, unless said victim had been hired as a cleaning lady.

    • Frau Katze

      But this woman is even more crazy because she’s also ranting about imperialism and “brown people”.

  • Minicapt

    In the old days, scholarship was hard; you had to collect evidence, figure out how it might fit together, and then devise a conclusion which made sense of the data. Now, you create a conclusion, build a frame which appears to support it, and add in data where it might fit.

    Cheers