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Analytical Principles Used in Western Feminist Discourse

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Chandra analyzes some of the discourses by the Western feminism authors to demonstrate their perspective about the third world woman. They portray the women as victims of male violence as demonstrated by Hosken, a feminist author who condemns the female genital mutilation act that is prevalent in Africa and the Middle East, which is done with the goal of reducing the sexual pleasure and satisfaction of a woman (Mohanty, 1988, p. 66). She concludes that this is controlling the sexuality of women, thus making them remain to be dependent and submissive to men.

By the author explaining and writing down her discourse about the male domination, she creates a perception that women in the third world are the weaker objects while the men are the superior objects and thus are sexually controlled by men (Mohanty, 1988, p. 66). Thus, this creates the notion that women are powerless, and men always rule over them.   It is evidently clear from the discussion that the Western feminist discourses should be on how to reduce and change the male dominance rather than being biased towards the third world women sisterhood that they perceive as gender-based, which puts women in their category (Mohanty, 1988, p.

67). Furthermore, western scholars view the third world women as universal dependents with shared needs. This forces the women to regroup to fight against a common need affecting them. For instance, Lindsay a feminist from her analysis claims that all African women are politically and economically dependent and their source of income is prostitution (Mohanty, 1988, p. 67). This discourse generalizes all African women as helpless and powerless. The description creates gender bias and differences, which depicts the women has dependent beings of their male counterparts who only carry out family roles in the society in which they are lowly regarded for their survival an implication of colonization (Mohanty, 1988, p. 67).

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