Week 8

imperial feminism

Key Questions

  • What is imperial feminism? Why are non-Western women viewed as in need of “saving”?

  • What are examples of how feminist narratives have been deployed to justify imperialist intervention? How does this imperialist intervention impact women?

  • How can imperial feminism be resisted? What does global feminist solidarity look like?

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The United States withdrew from Afghanistan in 2021, resulting in a Taliban takeover and a media firestorm lamenting the situation of women and children (i.e., a resuscitation of the imperial feminist discourse). What does solidarity with people in Afghanistan look like? How can feminists support those in Afghanistan without advocating for intervention (militarisitc or economic)?