By Eudine Barriteau
Confronting energy, Theorizing Gender is an anthology of Caribbean feminist scholarship which has a number of distinct positive factors. It exposes gender relatives as regimes of energy and consolidates and advances indigenous feminist theorizing. a very powerful component to the gathering deconstructs marginality and masculinity within the Caribbean. the main step forward is the popularity that this sector of analysis contains either women and men as necessary to a extra enough conceptualization of society, polity and economic climate. The mood of the days means that an important watershed in gender experiences has been reached.
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Feminists paid insufficient attention to "the suppression of feminist informed epistemologies as an exercise of power" and containment (Barriteau 1992, 6). While most of us collectively adopted the concept of gender as an analytical panacea for all our research and activist concerns, in our desire to continue to expose the adverse power relations in women's lives we did not bother to explore the genealogy of the concept or what it offered to feminist analysis. We did not investigate why suggestions were being made to do research on women uninformed by feminist perspectives, when it was feminist activism and analysis that had created the discipline of women's studies in the first place.
Gone to Gender Every One What relationship feminist understandings of gender have to dominant gender models and ideologies; can the former ever be entirely free of the latter; is this what we are striving for? This is a matter of subjectivity and selfidentity, as well as a matter of politics. (Moore 1994, 15) Henrietta Moore is not arguing for a universal feminist objectivity. The questions she raises remind us to consider the interconnections of our subjectivity, the political spaces we occupy and our political practices.
So far we are unable to prevent the distortions of how it is now used. This work is therefore an epistemological project. It begins in theorizing and ends with questions that seek to disrupt this all too facile accommodation and dilution of the analytical worth that the social relations of gender bring to feminism. Ultimately I want Caribbean feminists to confront the politics and power relations inherent in creating new knowledges about women's lives. In the process I attempt to both politicize and problematize recent developments in Caribbean feminist discourse and simultaneously to isolate features for comparative analysis with other countries.