Influences of Media in Transnational Feminism

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When it comes to feminism around the world, there have always been struggles over the appropriate roles and responsibilities of women and men in society. Since this struggle began about a hundred years ago there have always been disputes over the subordination of women to men, as women began to education, employment, and political rights. Today, there is a global women’s movement or transnational feminism, “that movement for the social, political, and economic equality of women across national boundaries”(Lee & Shaw 15). Transnational feminism has created groups that are mainly focused on common interests rather than nation. These groups are particularly concerned with women issues like human rights, social justice and other wide-ranging issues that share a perspective rather than a nationality. This broader awakening of feminist issues has been mainly possible through media. Although, not all media has contributed to the advancement of the feminist movement, some newer forms of media have been instrumental in perpetuating this transnational perspective of women’s issues across the globe. Although resources still pose significant limitations on individuals’ access to media and new technologies in certain parts of the world, the world as a whole has been drawn into e-commerce and internet communication. This made feminist activist begin to pose questions about the position of women in the media and culture. According to Lee and Shaw, “They began connecting mass media to education, economy, and politics, seeing it as a broader framework of culture in which women perform gender, negotiate stereotypes, and experience discriminatory practices” (63). Becoming aware of these representations of women in the media and the impact of those images in society, were an important factor in the struggle to produce change. Women also understood the value of modern

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