AbstractsWomens Studies

Feminism - Liberating or oppressive tool?

by Lena Reininger Ardilsø

Institution: Roskilde University
Year: 2015
Keywords: Feminism; Representation; Muslim woman; Islam; FEMEN; oppression; The Female Body; Discourses
Record ID: 1121535
Full text PDF: http://rudar.ruc.dk/handle/1800/17755


This project analyzes the ways in which western feminist movements can be a mechanism in favour of homogenizing all women struggle under a single definition without taking into account other existing factors social, cultural or economic background of these women. For this matter, two feminist movements, that have emerged in different contexts are used. These are the sextremist group FEMEN and the Islamic feminist movement. The theoretical framework allows to analyse the relations of power between these two in the terms of Stuart Hall and Michel Foucault, and their ideas regarding the process of representation and discourses. As a conclusion it is argued that, because of the homogenizing and exclusivist nature of its practices, FEMEN’s representation of a universal category of a liberated woman lead to an unequal relation of power among different women.