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"Feminist-as-imperialist"

Gandhi describes a very real problem that exists in western feminism and postcolonialism. The "area of controversy" surrounding feminism today is the notion of the "feminist-as-imperialist." Gandhi argues that "the axions of imperialism are said to repeat themselves in every feminist endeavour to essentialise or prescriptively name the alterninty/difference of native female Others" (Gandhi 474). She believes this to be true because of the way western feminists "silence the 'native woman'"(474). They label her the "third-world woman" and believe they "they cannot represent themselves; they must be represented" (472). They believe that these native women suffer more than they do because of poverty and, in thier opinion, worse patriarchy. And so they take it upon themselves to represent them and thus be another "object of Western knowledges" (472). They never listen to the real women of these non-western countries. Gandhi believes that western feminism is therefore another form of imperialism that swoops into these countries and colonizes the minds of the women with western ideas. Western feminism faults in it's error of homogenizing the world and forgetting to take into consideration difference. Thus they silence these women by an imperialistic feminism.