Confronting Power, Theorizing Gender: Interdisciplinary by Eudine Barriteau

By Eudine Barriteau

Confronting strength, Theorizing Gender is an anthology of Caribbean feminist scholarship which has a number of detailed gains. It exposes gender kinfolk as regimes of strength and consolidates and advances indigenous feminist theorizing. a very robust element of the gathering deconstructs marginality and masculinity within the Caribbean. the key step forward is the popularity that this sector of study comprises either women and men as fundamental to a extra enough conceptualization of society, polity and economic climate. The mood of the days means that an important watershed in gender reviews has been reached.

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For example, attorney-at-law Angus Wilkie argues that women and men are not meant to be equal and should not be treated like equals. He states that to do so will make men jealous of women and they will become violent against women. As a result women will be in a worse crisis than men. He concludes by insisting that women should be kept in their God-ordained subordinate roles (Wilkie 1999). 42 EUDINE BARRITEAU It is not accurate to say that psychologists were the first to coin the term gender, but the substantive point that Kate Young makes still stands.

As a focus of international development assistance and national governmental policies and machineries, women as subjects are being effaced. In Barbados the Bureau of Women's Affairs has been renamed the Bureau of Gender Affairs, with a mandate to look after the interests of boys and men (Sun on Saturday 1999, 5). In St Vincent and the Grenadines the Bureau of Women's Affairs will be renamed the Bureau of Gender Equality,9 and in Trinidad and Tobago there has been a Division of Gender Affairs since 1997.

Simultaneous with the debate surrounding the introduction of women's studies at the UWI was the ferment in feminist analytical frameworks. Many researchers and practitioners began to abandon earlier analytical frames as inadequate for revealing the complexities in women's lives. They shifted to gender both as an explanatory framework for women's experience of subordination and as a means of rethinking the naming of the discipline. In this regard the cautionary attitudes and emerging power struggles that Lucille Mair identifies were an additional dynamic for consideration and strategic positioning.

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