Archive | November 2012

Chapters 9 & 10 Transversal Politics

I would like to open up with a passage from the book which I think is vital in explaining what transversal politics is, and I quote, “Within the assumptions of transversalism, participants bring with them a “rooting” in their own particular group histories, but at the same time realize that in order to engage in dialogue across multiple markers of difference, they must “shift” from their own centers (Collins 265).” Collins is showing us how various groups of women have their own unique experiences but at the same token share similar experiences that may be able to help other women from different cultures and backgrounds progress without tearing up their own roots. Also in this quote Collins is supporting unity amongst all groups of women. The basis of Transversal politics is this idea that most women share the same perception but each group of women deal with their issues in ways of their own understanding. According to Collins all individuals and groups possess various amounts of penalty and privilege, for example Collins sheds light on U.S. black women and how they are privileged by their citizenship but penalized for their gender. So when we analyze transversal politics we are able to see how women from other cultures identify similarities and how the various groups of women can be seen as being oppressed, therefore each group of women will have their unique way of explaining the issues of oppression and how it affects them. If we understand this standpoint we are able to further our understanding of how transversal politics serves as avocation for unity amongst women globally. As said before as women we all deal with issues that may share sameness but how we choose to resolve our issues may be a to help other women move forward as a whole.

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