Transnational Feminism

The reason why I like The Oxford Handbook of Feminist Theory is that it’s honest, direct, and pulls no punches in its discussion of different strands of contemporary feminism.

For instance, in the chapter in transnational feminism the formidable Laura Briggs (a professor at Amherst) says without mincing words that transnational feminism came into existence because it was something that you could get funding for. And you could get funding for it because it was useful for global capital to get it funded among a million other things that promoted the idea that everything transnational (i.e. everything that doesn’t recognize national borders) is super duper peachy.

I haven’t seen anyone say this so clearly before.

P.S. She also refers to Hillary as “insidious” (ok, not Hillary as a person but her co-optation of feminist rhetoric) and blasts NGOs as an example of evil transnational governance.


3 thoughts on “Transnational Feminism”

  1. I’ve always been suspicious of NGOs. I’ll have to check this book out. I’d like feminist movements in countries like India, Afghanistan, etc. to succeed but I never know how to support them from over here.

    On an unrelated note, this is something I’ve been looking into and which might interest you as well:


  2. Well, if you compare the track record of various NGOs like the ones funded by well-meaning but naive billionaires like Oprah and Bill Gates, they’ve certainly done no worse (or better) than all the world-government interventions by the various United Nations organizations over the past 70+ years.


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