Western feminist theories have been repeatedly criticized for privileging the social experiences of a regional minority, the global North, over other regions. As an example, we look at Chandra Talpade Mohanty’s objection to western constructions of “third world women”. We also examine Maria Lugones’ attempt to re-situate the concept of gender in its global context of coloniality. After assessing the objection of cultural essentialism that has been levelled against the idea of the coloniality of gender, we ask: what are the implications for women as a collectivity?



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