File spoon-archives/french-feminism.archive/french-feminism_1999/french-feminism.9901, message 3

Date: Sat, 02 Jan 1999 19:04:15 -0600
Subject: Re: FWD: Russian feminism

Cyndy Ward wrote:
> personal perspectives as western feminists cannot be so
> presumptuous as to model a feminism for the women in Iraq.
> We can't know for sure what is happening to the people of
> Iraq because their experience has been carefully obscured in
> the propaganda 'war' between Clinton and Sadam. In this
> respect, the people of Iraq occupy a gap in a masculine
> genealogy; one similar to the ethical space Irigaray
> describes for women in J'aime  toi.
> Cyndy Ward
> somewhere in Canada

No, we in the west have no business prescribing a shape of feminism for
others.  That's true.  And when I get to thinking about how impossible
it seems to me to attempt to build a feminism under the conditions of
war, a sporadic war who's only common elements are embargoes and egos
and that no 'side' is right or can even claim to be, I sort of just stop
in my tracks.  But I'm wondering about something that doesn't stop me in
my tracks right now.  How is it, I'm asking because I don't see the
comparison, that Iraq is a gap in masculine genealogy like the ethical
space Irigaray describes?  I'm spending lots of time with her ethics
these days, and I don't see it.  Explain, Cyndy?  I'm sure that I'm just
not on the same wavelength, and know not-enough about Iraqi society, and
need a little help.

Someday there will be girls and women
whose name will no longer signify 
merely an opposite of the masculine,
but something in itself; 
the feminine human being.
	--- R.M. Rilke

Meaghan Roberts
Ph.D. Candidate: Lit&Fem.Philos.
University of Texas-AT-Dallas
a paper: 

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