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Maxwell, Shakira
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Feminism nothing but lip service: The controversy of women's inequality to other women
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Women's education and empowerment in a global economy
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June 17- 19, 2005
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Washington D.C.
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Abstract
Explores different understanding of Caribbean feminism today by drawing on the experiences of several women teaching women and gender studies, combined with interviews conducted with undergraduate and postgraduate students of the discipline at the University of the West Indies. Using a comparative analysis the study examines how these different understandings have either converged or skewed, citing if and in what ways their difference or similarities have both strengthened or weakened feminist principles and practices in the Caribbean in the twenty-first century. It then goes on to investigate the extent to which it may be argued that a new era of Ďarm chairí feminists are merely paying lip service to feminist practices and ideals in order to participate in activities which have questionable relevance to womenís empowerment. The paper also examines the impact of these women and their practices on the new generation of feminists, particularly in terms of social consequence, and how their work is possibly contributing to the disillusionment of the younger generation of women and men in the Caribbean. The paper further introduces a new term, fempatriarchy, a concept which explains how some feminists in positions of authority are taking on a patriarchal role over other women in the field to ensure their dominance. The study concludes by calling for a new fourth wave feminist movement whose ideals should be to revolutionize the era of arm chair feminists, to turn back the focus to the struggles still facing women and give them the courage to fight for change.....
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