Abstract—The study attempts to critique mainstream feminist thinking through texts written by the representative ethnic woman of color in America. It has looked into the disputes of historical relationship between racism and white feminism, between self-aggrandizement by white feminism and theoretical activism by women of color in order to see whether cultural power is evenly distributed. This critique also involves surmising of woman of color as “the other” in mainstream feminist discourse.
The major thrust of this study is not only to interrogate the writer from a feminist perspective or to look at her from a linguistic or narrative point of view, but also to analyze the issues of ‘Double Consciousness’ in ethnic feminists, or feminists of color.
Therefore, this study has investigated this writer beyond the singular feminist or narrative perspectives and studied her interfacing the historical and racial perspectives and illiciting her response to white feminist thinking patterns and bringing out the ‘double consciousness’ from which the woman suffers.
Index Terms—Double consciousness, cultural power, oppression, white feminism culture, racism.
Authors are with the department of humanities and sciences, M. I. T. SUniversity, India
Cite: Sangeeta Jhajharia and Mamta Beniwal, "Braving out in the Face of Constraints: The Woman Warrior," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 2, no. 3, pp. 252-255, 2012.