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Question #3

Explain what Gandhi means by the “Area of controversy� having to do with “the colonialist deployment of ‘feminist criteria’�

In Gandhi’s article, “Postcolonialism and Feminism� she talks about how the work of western feminists going over to third world countries to teach the women there about feminism often mirrors imperialism. Her main argument about why this is often similar to imperialism is that the attitude that many of the western feminist go there with is that they are far better off than the “third world women� which comes off as pity and an idea that they are more civilized. An easy way to avoid this would be going to these places with an open mind about the culture and commons practices and simply talking to these women. Speaking to them about their experiences and how they view it and if they themselves believe that they are oppressed would change the situation completely and it would no longer mirror imperialism.