Chandra Talpade Mohanty's Feminism Without Borders
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Western feminism has faced several issues over the years in its ideals, where many people challenged this notion on whether it truly assists all women from different regions of the world. Chandra Talpade Mohanty’s book Feminism Without Borders: Decolonizing Theory,
Practicing Solidarity critiques Western feminism and promotes the ideas of feminism through a global context. Mohanty illustrates the importance of “feminism without borders,” signifying the necessity of feminism recognizing the realities of the issues faced by women of all backgrounds from all over the world.
Mohanty initially explains the reason behind her decision of the title of the book. She meant to name her book “Feminism Without Borders” to place an emphasis on acknowledging the inclusiveness aspects of feminism. She mentions that “feminism without borders” envisions transcending across various divisions to fight for justice of all the obstacles that women of different groups experience. She incorporates the borders into her own life as she grew up in
Mumbai, India, where she has seen the divisions between India and Pakistan at the time, went to both Hindu temples and mosques, and then later on went to the United States where she lived in different regions throughout her life. These borders aided her in shaping her viewpoints into practicing transnational feminist principles. Mohanty claims that she is an antiracist feminist and stresses the idea of sexism and racism fuel social institutions that often