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Hi There!

I'm not sure if you're going to be able to assist me. I was
wondering if you knew of any articles dealing with Multicultural
Feminism, and how it relates to other types of Feminism. Any Suggestions?

Thanks for your time,

Keelan

 

Basically, I think that multiculturalism is inherent to feminism - i.e.
it's a movement made up of all different types of people and its goals are meant to liberate all different types of people.

However, certain brands of feminism put a priority on certain
multicultural aspects - for instance, The Black Women's Health Project or the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health. Both are focused on specific groups of women, but both groups and the individuals involved with them are in the women's movement rather than being a separate branch.

—Amy

Below, another reader responds to the previous exchange between Keelan and Amy


Hello Amy,

I found this link in doing my research on multicultural
feminism, and I was interested in what you told Keelan. I'd like to add a few cents.

When I think of multicultural feminism, I don't necessarily think it
has been historically or is in anyway inherent to most hegemonic,
mainstream, most talked about feminism in the U.S.. Radical women of color feminists have been working on a strident critique for centuries now, have faced all kinds of marginalization in the "women's movement," and the multicultural feminist project has largely been marginal to most mainstream, white, liberal, and in many cases, "third wave" feminist concerns.

Multicultural feminism is a vision, a set of conceptual frameworks, a set of priorities for activism and feminist movement. Ella Habiba Shohat is pioneering the conceptual frameworks for multicultural feminism, and she is doing some amazingly radical work for feminism overall. 21st Century Feminist politics are transnational politics and involve shifting borders, nations, groups, races, constituents. I am sorry to still see that much of feminist activism and thought in the U.S. is not a part of this transnational vision/understanding of women's liberation. Ella Shohat works off of what was previously termed "transnational feminism" by M. Jacqui Alexander, Chandra Mohanty, Inderpal Grewal, Caren Kaplan, and others, and is informed by U.S. women of color feminist thought and Third World feminism.

Though most of these cutting edge feminist works are super academic, some of us are working to make these ideas more accessible to activists. Along with these feminist elders who have been working to broaden the scope of the women's movement, there are young women of color activists and writers who have been putting out a multicultural vision of feminism, including Daisy Hernandez and Bushra Rehman in their anthology Colonize This! among many others.

All of this to say that multicultural feminism is connected with but moves beyond the limited scope of feminist thought found primarily in the U.S., these limitations being found even among those of the generation who want to claim that feminism is multicultural.

Multicultural feminism is exciting, it's historically grounded, it's liberating for women and feminism, and cannot be ignored.

Check it out! Tell Keelan!

Mirangela

 

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