definitions and terms
I didn't find any terms or concepts too unfamiliar or confusing; I know this class will help clarify and farther explain the complex issues surrounding transnational feminisms. I enjoy learning feminist theories, but I haven't taken a class where the reading has been quite so thick (in terms of vocabulary), so I found the readings took me some time. On a personal note I would say what troubles me with feminist theory explainations is the feeling that in my place (i.e. being a white American women) I will never truly be able to fully understand or appreciate or help with the issues other feminists and people worldwide are faced with.
I felt like the Mohanty/Alexander definition of transnational feminism was laid out really well on page xix, where the authors point out what is missing from a more accurate definition of transnational feminism. Shohat's definition seemed similair but harder to extract in a concise way. Shohat stressed ideas about colonization, neocolonialism and the intersectionalities of everything and, in very plain language, how differences must be recognized, understood, contextualized, analyzed and sort of used to find commonality between experiences without losing their own specific histories and influences.