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Feminist as imperialist

Gandhi makes a bold argument that western feminist's effort bring feminism to third world cultures is remarkably similar to colonialism and other patriarchal power dynamics. Gandhi argues that any power dynamic must have an oppressor group and a marginalized group, whose very existence validates the oppressor group. Gandhi is saying that the construction of the Third World Woman is actually othering real third world women, and that this othering of the "Third World Woman" strengthens the dominant ideologies of western feminists.

Originally I would have considered the concept of the Third World Woman as a matter of ignorance and over simplification. The idea of western feminism using the Third World Woman as a means of reinforcement and consolidation of western ideas is far more interesting and difficult to grapple with than simply blaming western feminists for being culturally ignorant.