WOMAN GO NO'GREE
Empires,by their nature,embody difference,both between metropolis/colony and colonial subjects.Imperial imaginary floods popular culture. During European colonialism gender categories were institutionalized in many African cultures as one kind of bio-logic"new tradition".Can we assume social relations in all societies are organized around biological sexual difference?Infantilization of women as part of Western patriarchal system was also exported with the colonization of the mind,executed in the name of morality and values,configures a state of vulnerability,making propitious the dependency path. Beauty circulates as a form of commodity with social,economic and cultural value.However,these norms are often measured with Eurocentric values,white beauty narratives(thinness,youth)being strongly racialized.Whiteness is reinforced as the norm, "otherness" becomes fetish,"exotic".The three central concepts pillars of Western feminism -women,gender,sisterhood-are only understood with a careful attention to the patriarchal nuclear family from which they have emerged,familiar form that’s far from being universal.We should take into account issues as class,race,age,gender,even health,as being fundamental to the female experience.Erotic,sexuality,sisterhood,motherhood,marriage,tradition,domestication… all this aspects,nuances,with it’s own lights and shades in each society should come out in the same level in order to compare.Many racialized feminists believe that mainstream feminism has acted as another invisible ballast on their backs,showing itself traditionally paternalistic and exclusive with other realities that don’t fit Western model,adopting it as a universal mantra,setting an agenda that doesn’t correspond to the concerns of the non-white world and speaking for the rest of the women of the planet.African social networks also boil with current debates, such as that of gender roles,which is structured around women who avoids the label of "feminist" understood as Western women do.Maybe understanding History we’ll be able to overcome social,symbolic ascription only by the difference of sex opening the range to other factors for the construction of identity.Let us wish for new ways of relating genders,of new models of intercultural dialogues not based on supremacy nor on an excluding hierarchy,and maybe identities,both individual and community,could naturally develop towards a society which one wouldn't have to be invisible in order to advance.Decolonize feminism questioning the Eurocentric frameworks that construct gender categories in a universalistic manner.
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