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Feminism Without Borders: Time to Start Reading!

Feminism Without Borders by Chandra Talpade Mohanty
This month, we’ll be reading and discussing Feminism Without Borders by Chandra Talpade Mohanty. I (Eva) am thrilled to be reading a book that combines feminism and women’s studies with international issues such as colonialism, world trade, ecology, and the global North/South divide. I’m also curious to see the perspective of an Indian-born scholar (she teaches in the USA), since so much of the discourse about world events is dominated by Western/Northern-born thinkers.

This is a simple reminder post to get your copy of the book and/or start reading! I know we’re coming off the holidays, so I’ll save the meatier discussion for another week or two. Until then, happy reading!

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7 responses to “Feminism Without Borders: Time to Start Reading!

  1. mdbrady January 2, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    I am thrilled FemCl is reading this book and that you are hosting. I have just started reading the book and it is as exciting as I expected. Is FemCl going to continue next year? I will help out any way that might be useful.

    • Eva January 6, 2013 at 4:31 am

      I’m not sure if the group’s continuing next year or not; maybe talk to Ana or Amy about that since they’re founders? :)

      I’m excited you’ll be part of the discussion but quite nervous about being the host! Definitely feel a bit out of my element.

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  3. mdbrady January 7, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    We all may be out of our element here! She is mostly addressing other academics, but I think she right on target about how we need to think Third World Women as diverse and active, not as all alike or just like us. Which is why I am doing the Global Women of Color.

    • Eva January 11, 2013 at 2:58 pm

      I agree! I’m much further along now and while I occasionally find my head spinning at the density of the prose, I find I agree completely with her basic message. I think I’m going to structure the discussion around finding ways that basic message applies in our lives, even if we’re not academic feminists.

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  5. mdbrady January 16, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Just finished the first section feeling a bit disappointed. Then I started the second where Mohanty is much much more readable and even exciting. Here is wheree she is saying something new. She does what I like best about Women’s Studies; asking what happens if we look ay things as if women matter. She knocks the way “work” is always assumed to follow male patterns when, in fact, globalization exploits women by claiming they aren’t really working.

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