Separate and Dominate: Feminism and Racism after the War on Terror

Separate and Dominate: Feminism and Racism after the War on Terror

David Broder


An exam of ways mainstream feminism has been mobilized in help of racist measures

Feminist Christine Delphy co-founded the magazine Nouvelles questions féministes with Simone de Beauvoir within the Seventies and have become probably the most influential figures in French feminism. this present day, Delphy continues to be a renowned and arguable feminist philosopher, an extraordinary public voice denouncing the racist motivations of the government’s 2011 ban of the Muslim veil. Castigating humanitarian liberals for not easy the cultural assimilation of the ladies they're purporting to “save,” Delphy indicates how criminalizing Islam within the identify of feminism is essentially paradoxical.

Separate and Dominate is Delphy’s manifesto, lambasting liberal hypocrisy and calling for a fluid figuring out of political identification that doesn't position various political struggles in a fake competition. She dismantles the absurd declare that Afghanistan used to be invaded to save lots of girls, and that homosexuals and immigrants alike should still reserve their self-expression for personal settings. She demands a real universalism that sacrifices not anyone on the fee of others. within the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo bloodbath, her arguments look extra prescient and urgent than ever.

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