lar essay, however, continues to position United States and European feminism as the model for "other" feminists to follow. Her survey of the historical processes of transnational feminisms implicitly favors Western feminism through a disproportionate use of more detailed and carved-out examples in comparison to the one-dimensional overview of feminist history in Latin America, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Although Freedman correctly includes the legacy of colonialism as a key contributor to the asymmetrical power relations across regions and races, she still positions Western feminism as the idealized "big sister." In the end, this essay does shore up the idea that feminism continues to develop as a salient process, but the concentration on Western feminism hurts Freedman's argument that "[w]hile no single narrative can do justice to the complexities of unique regional histories, a framework that emphasizes the recurrent effects of democratization and wage labor, along with international communications, illustrates the multiple, malleable politics that constitute feminist histories" (89). Nevertheless, Freedman provides readers with eleven widespread examples of feminism's perseverance and pertinence in a society that for decades has tried to squelch its progress. Her exploration of feminist projects in the lives of women from Miriam Van
Feminist Teacher – University of Illinois Press
Published: May 15, 2009
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