Feminism (Chapter 7)

This chapter focuses on the countermovement’s, which typically resist certain aspects of globalization. Feminism is regarded in the reading as one of the countermovement’s considered to be a global justice movement. This chapter provides two feminist social platforms to examine the movement’s societal impact throughout history. Women in Development (WID) and Gender and Development are two feminist oriented platforms initiated by the World Bank to address access to service, resources, and opportunities between men and women. The proliferation of feminist movements led to the development of transnational feminist networks, which address issue topics such as human rights and labor standards. The chapter introduces and explains feminist paradigms that stress that gender development is relational, not universal. From an economic perspective, the chapter explains how economics serves as a tool of people in power, where value is allocated to a particular demographic for a specific task and an economically beneficial activity such as the “traditional” female role where women of the household provide hospitable service to maintain the household. The chapter explains that concerns for women’s rights and empowerment should refer to the circumstance rather than a individual ideology on women’s liberation.

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One Response to Feminism (Chapter 7)

  1. If at the beginning of the feminist movement there was a single feminist movement, but with the evolution of our society and all the social mutations, the movement is no longer a single movement. There are women different social class, and social with different types and forms of revendication. I understand why some individuals or entities may argue that this segmentation or fragmentation within the movement constitute one of its greatest weakness. At the same time, I do support the other side that believes that these branches of different ideologies are far from being weaknesses, They are the core forces of the feminist movements. Some military expert might say that sometimes for the best result it is necessary to fight on multiple fronts. The feminist movements are the most strategized movements started in the late 19th century, simply because they are present in every other social movement. Naomi Klein shows another branch of the feminist mobilization, women as environmentalists, defenders of our planet.


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