A Great Job At Raising The Different Perspectives And Issues Regarding Global Women 's Rights Issues

1442 Words Mar 9th, 2016 6 Pages
Alison Jaggar does a great job at raising the different perspectives and issues concerning global women’s rights issues, however the way she goes about proving her theses and substantiating her claims may leave her readers at a loss. Alison Jaggar criticizes the way in which western feminists approach the topics of global women’s rights issues. She dedicates much of her essay against essentialism, which she describes as a typical, biased view of global women’s issues from a western perspective that demonstrates a lack of cultural relativism. The issue with her argument is its lack of direction and consistency. Jaggar claims that western feminists need a better sense of cultural relativism, however later in her paper when she discusses cases of women’s rights violations, she writes about them as if these rights were universal. This constant change in her argument undermines many of her main ideas and credibility. Furthermore, her use of multiple theses may confuse her readers as to what the main argument of her article really is.
Most of the issues in Jaggar’s article stem from the style of her writing rather than the actual content in the article. Although she does contradict herself a few times, which will be discussed later in the paper, for the most part she does back up each of her claims with enough evidence. She does clearly state her four driving theses in her article. They are as follows: the first, “injustice by culture” the second, “autonomy of culture,” the…

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