An in-Depth Study of Feminism and Nationalism

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An In-Depth Study of Feminism and Nationalism Are nationalism and feminism just two more from the myriad of ‘isms’? Can they be jointly discussed, or do these two ideologies clash in their objectives and histories? How does nationalism and feminism differ amongst countries and continents, and how are they related? How has the interaction between these two discourses changed and evolved over time? Most importantly, what is the role of feminism and nationalism? In order to take a deeper look at these two ideologies, it is important to understand what they mean. According to an article by Martha Bogachevska in the ‘Independent Cultural Journal’ named ‘Nationalism and Feminism: one coin of common use’, feminism has rapidly expanding multiple meanings – “The movement toward equality of the sexes; the incorporation of women into all aspects of knowledge and society; the recognition of the difference between the male and female and the overcoming of that difference; the study of women within a broad societal context; focus on women as a category in themselves.” But primarily feminism stems from the recognition of the existence of an entity called woman and her right to self definition. On the other hand, says Bogachevska, nationalism encompasses many meanings – from simple patriotism, to a quest for independence that would change the political structure of the country, to a conviction of the superiority of one’s culture. The strength of true nationalism lies not in the opposition to others it may or may not provoke, but in its power of healthy self-assertion. Feminists and nationalists have different priorities: release from the oppression of women for the former and the establishment and stabilization of a nation for the latter. However, in the anti-colonial national liberation movements, the goals of these two somehow got merged together to an
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