Feminism for me has come to be the recognition of oppression and privilege. What one does with this knowledge of oppression and privilege is that person’s version of feminism. After reading Tong (2009) on various feminist theories, I have come to see the different feminist theories in a continuum of the feminist movement. Therefore, these theories cannot be boxed into clear-cut categories that share nothing in common with each other. I will attempt to formulate my own feminist theory using the previous works of feminist scholars as my foundation. In order to explain the application of this theory, I will illuminate a feminist issue. Further, I will present ways to tackle the problem and provide limitations of my theory.
My feminist theory…show more content… Through colonization and globalization this system of domination seeks to convert the more egalitarian societies. An example of this spread of domination is the white settler’s attitude towards conquering and taming the nature, which was forcefully embedded in the Native American culture. I am interested in exploring how the foundation of the issue, which is tied to women’s sexuality, plays out in the colonial context. To examine this, I will look at the institution of marriage and prove that it is a form of patriarchal colonization of women. When I talk about colonization of women, the colonizer is not the “western world” but patriarchy. However, to make connections with colonization, I frequently use the example of White-Western colonizers (Europe) against the dark skinned “Third World” dwellers (Americas, Africa, Asia and Oceania).
Although marriage, wedding ceremonies, and other rituals related to marriage varies from culture and/or geographic location, for sake of simplicity I will look at a marriage system of monogamy between a man and a woman for life. In this system they are expected to procreate and stay together as a nuclear family. This is close to the “Western” system of marriage, which is seeping into many other cultures through forces of capitalism and cultural hegemony.
There are subtle messages that girls at a young age get about getting married. Simone de Beauvoir wrote in the Second Sex “Marriage