Under Western Eyes : Feminist Scholarship And Colonial Discourses

1169 Words Oct 14th, 2015 5 Pages
As globalization develop rapidly, the society difference is more and more noticeable to people nowadays, especially the difference related to attitude towards gender. Facing different views about gender, some people use his or her own standard to judge the phenomenon that shows up in the societies with different contexts. However, society might be more complicated than one thought and gender problems may be more complex under different context; to understand those problems better, one should put the phenomenon in the related context.
Under different context, some occurrence that seems like a gender problem might be more complicated. Sticking on presumption, people might get wrong conclusion. In Chandra Talpade Mohanty’s essay, Under Western Eyes: Feminist Scholarship and Colonial Discourses, she criticizes Western scholars ignore the different contexts in the Third World countries and victimize the women who live in there. She said:
I argue that as a result of the two modes-or, rather, frames-of analysis described above, a homogeneous notion of the oppression of women as a group is assumed, which, in turn, produces the image of an "average third world woman." This average third world woman leads an essentially truncated life based on her feminine gender (read: sexually con-strained) and being "third world"(read: ignorant, poor, uneducated, tradition-bound, domestic, family-oriented, victimized, etc.). (Para. 6 Chandra Talpade Mohanty)
Chandra Talpade Mohanty talks about the…

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