Chandra Talpade Mohanty's Essay 'Under Western Eyes'

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Dustin ToETST001 -341/22/18In the 19th century, a launch for gender equality was protested by a wave of female activist, feminists. For many centuries, women were put into a stereotype of domestic work. However, the first rally for gender equality lead to many opportunities for women to go beyond these limitations. In Chandra Talpade Mohanty’s essay, “Under Western Eyes,” she addresses the many issues women face within the Western and non-Western worlds. Women are subjected to limitations held by outdated ideas, especially in developing countries.In Mohanty’s essay, she discusses the issues faced by women on a global scale and specifically by women in the “third world.” Mohanty states that women are put into a “constituted, coherent group with…show more content…
In Lauren Chief Elk’s essay, “There is No ‘We’,” she addresses the issue that Eve Ensler and V-Day are in support of colonization, particularly against indigenous women. Though V-Day fights the issue of violence against women, indigenous women are not represented and are excluded. Thebilling of Violence Against Women Act was “specifically created to eliminate rights for Native Americans.” White feminist groups do not address issues faced by indigenous people and only provide “standards of justice and equality” for whites. Chief Elk also believes that Ensler is supporting colonization because with the International Violence Against Women Act, women and girls from around the world will be rescued from abuse while “instilling western values.” By influencing other countries with Western values, Chief Elk believes it’s a form of colonization which isn’t clearly addressed in I-VAWA. With more mainstream feminism, women are uniting under the belief that they all share the same experiences when in reality it is a form on oppression that will “break up Indigenous communities.”In the article, “Forget the backlash,” Laura Hudson explains the need for #MeToo because of the injustice system for sexual harassment and assault. She states that the action of men have “long-overdue consequences” and women…show more content…
However, the true meaning was created by Burke and intended it to “help survivors get the support they need.” Both support the need to help women (and some men) bring justice to the “predators” who have abused them for personal desires. I believe that the #MeToo movement is important; however, a few people may have misused its meaning and purpose. I agree with Hayes and her statement of prioritizing the needed help and support for the survivorsbecause their health will not improve by simply bringing the “predators” to justice. I also agree Hudson and her belief that the backlash against #MeToo is “disappointing.” The argument of this movement is that women are “hysterical exaggerators or self-serving zealots.” I do not think that is true because it only empowers men and encourages these harassers to continue their assaults. Women deserve to be heard and to be respected. The only way to help our society is to help those who need it.In an article, “Why Black Women Struggle More With Domestic Violence,” Feminista Jones explains the difficulties a Black women faces with the issues of race and gender violence. Ray Rice, former Ravens running back, was charged for assaulting his wife Janay at a New Jersey casino. In the article, Jones states that “Black women tend to
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