Deconstructing indigenous feminism: A view from the other side

Title: Deconstructing indigenous feminism: A view from the other side
Variant title
Déconstruire le féminisme indigène : une vue depuis l'autre côté
Source document: The Central European journal of Canadian studies. 2016, vol. 10-11, iss. [1], pp. 107-118
  • ISSN
    1213-7715 (print)
    2336-4556 (online)
Type: Article
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The paper addresses key concepts of Indigenous feminism and the phenomenon of the female marginal Other seen in the fiction and non-fiction works presented by distinguished Canadian female authors in postmodern, racial and women's studies. They have shared their intimate memories and personal impressions on the experience of being women surrounded by the social constraints of racism, sexism, and ethnic oppression. A contemporary Indigenous woman and her female public voice are examined through conventional postmodern and post-colonial notions of archetypal femininity, motherhood, and red womanhood stereotypes. Native understanding of the postmodern phenomenon of cultural hybridity as fragmented and fluid female identity is presented in connection with the perception of Indigenous gender roles. Indigenous feminism promotes reconceptualization and prefiguration of an ingrained vision of Aboriginal female identity. Pursuing sexual and ethnic liberation, the Indigenous woman is articulating her feminist native speech.
L'étude aborde les concepts clés du féminisme indigène et du phénomène de la femme marginale "autre" vus dans les oeuvres fictionnelles et non fictionnelles proposées par d'éminentes femmes canadiennes, auteures des études postmodernes et raciales ainsi que par les femmes qui partagent leurs mémoires intimes et leurs impressions personnelles sur l'expérience d'être une femme entourée par les contraintes sociales du racisme, du sexisme et des oppressions ethniques. La femme indigène contemporaine et sa voix publique féminine sont examinées à travers des notions postmodernes et postcoloniales conventionnelles empreintes de l'archétype de la féminité et de la maternité, ainsi que des stéréotypes de la féminité rouge. La compréhension indigène du phénomène postmoderne d'hybridité culturelle appliquée à l'identité féminine fragmentée et fluide est présentée en regard d'une perception des rôles du genre autochtone. Le féminisme autochtone promeut des préfigurations mythiques du rôle de la femme indigène et de la reconceptualisation de l'identité de celle-ci dans la poursuite de sa libération sexuelle et ethnique par l'articulation de son discours autochtone.
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