Confronting Power, Theorizing Gender: Interdisciplinary by Eudine Barriteau

By Eudine Barriteau

Confronting energy, Theorizing Gender is an anthology of Caribbean feminist scholarship which has numerous certain good points. It exposes gender kinfolk as regimes of strength and consolidates and advances indigenous feminist theorizing. a very powerful component to the gathering deconstructs marginality and masculinity within the Caribbean. the most important leap forward is the popularity that this region of analysis comprises either women and men as fundamental to a extra enough conceptualization of society, polity and financial system. The mood of the days means that an important watershed in gender reviews has been reached.

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6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 45 Radical feminists are opposed to using "gender" because they see it as decentring the subject "woman". Voice of Barbados (radio station), 1996. Dr Ikael Tafari, deputy chair of the Pan-African Commission, felt comfortable enough to call the centre in March 1999 and complain that we did not have sufficient male academics as presenters in a one-day conference, Theoretical Approaches to Gender in the Caribbean, and to name male academics who should be involved in any future work by the centre on gender, if our research efforts are to have legitimacy.

Bryce maintains that both works, one a film and the other a novel, revolve around the themes of gender, sexuality and power. She dissects the construction of black masculinity in diasporan identity as counter to identity, oppositional, authoritarian, homocentric, highly sexualized and dangerous. She argues that the film dwells on an explicit, violent, disenfranchised black masculinity that reveals the feminine as escape to "Africa" and as an alternative to disenfranchised black men. On the other hand, in the novel feminine power is openly expressed, not as an alternative escapist fantasy.

Ironically, the multiple openings of the categories that "women" made possible by gender analysis are now being occluded and closed off by insisting that "gender" is a synonym for women-and-men, or that doing gender means a simultaneous focus on women and men. The rich contributions made by differing schools of feminist thought have taken us to the point where the subjectivity of women as embodied beings has gained an epistemological significance and has finally transcended the empty ontological category of not-man.

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