Essay about The Global Feminist and the Transnational Feminist

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Academic discourse is the means by which new and old theories may be applied to a topic in order to reach a better understanding or challenge a notion raised within the field. It is through discussing and analyzing these concepts that individual voices may be applied to an academic community, allowing for a wider lens of thought to be picked up and further discussed. Grewal participates in this discourse in her article “'Women's Rights as Human Rights': Feminist Practices, Global Feminism, and Human Rights Regimes in Transnationality”. This paper shall analyze and discuss how Grewal applies previous theoretical concepts related to feminist discourse in order to offer a Transnationalist Feminist critique to the Global Feminist notion of …show more content…
This is to say that transnational feminist discourse is concerned, at its core, with the same goals as global feminism, but is also acutely aware of the boundaries that separate women on several levels and actively questions such assumptions as women being unified by the very definition of “woman”. Transnational feminism is no more perfect than, but critical of global feminism, due to these inherent differences in perspective. The discourse of Women's Rights as Human's Rights arose out of United Nations World Conference, taking place in Vienna in 1993 (Grewal 337). The idea behind this movement is to acknowledge that many crimes which are perpetuated against women, particularly those related to the issue of gender-based violence, should be seen as crimes against their basic human rights (lecture 5). The global feminist Charlotte Bunch advocates Women's Rights as Human Rights because she believes that “by applying feminist concepts and gender analysis to human rights theory and practice, we seek to transform a majour body of work and its related institutions that have enormous influence, both practically and theoretically, in the world, and make them more inclusive of women's lives and experiences” (Bunch 131). On the surface this idea appears to be quite acceptable and a novel solution to

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