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From History to Herstory: Emma Pérez's Decolonial Imaginary
Transcript of From History to Herstory: Emma Pérez's Decolonial Imaginary
Presented & Facilitated by My N. Le The BIG Question to consider Have we, as feminists, achieved a Postcolonial Era? The Decolonial Imaginary Emma Pérez utilizes her theory of the Decolonial Imaginary to deconstruct feminist historiography to write women into history. This is important as the concept of "history" transcends into "herstory." A counter-narrative that is imperative to breaking the destructive cycles of patriarchy. Gendered Narratives at Yucatan Feminist Congresses that was non-inclusive of Maya/low SES women "Doubling" as the performative act as Third Space Feminism-in-Nationalism similar to that of what happened to the Queer Chicana/os & Chicanas of the Chicano Movement Neo-colonial and postcolonial relationship of Mexico's political history (i.e. NAFTA) continues to perpetuate violence against women today Article 222 of Sanitation Code The "poor" and "illiterate" excluded from the Yucatan Feminist Congresses breeds and perpetuates inequalities amongst women. Repetitive throughout various social and political movements such as Chicano movement, and Immigration Reform Movement Examples Pérez critiqued Production of Third Space Feminism-in-Nationalism "Cleansing of women"
not holding men accountable
government regulated women's bodies and surveillance behaviors
Pérez's Foucauldian approach to explain the Panopticism (1995) used here to control women and their bodies heterosexism
class and sex inequalities by exclusionary acts
perpetuation and reinforcement of gender roles
Panopticon of women's bodies by the nation-state
Subject Position Why is one's own subject position important, and how can we use our own subject position to create change?
How did women like Casimira Palma and Hermila Galindo (both with insider/outsider) consciousness used their subject position to create change? Using the Decolonial Imaginary and Third Space Feminism for our own subject position
The doubling of Third Space Feminism-in-Nationalism by the Yucatan Feminists showed nuances of interstitial and discursive barriers feminists from various spaces have to face. I posit the question: how does the Decolonial Imaginary allow us, feminists, to deconstruct systems of oppression that women from different subject positions face? My only critique for this section in the Decolonial Imaginary is that Emma Pérez argues the exclusion of "illiterate" and "poor" women from the discourse on women's rights, but why does Pérez herself use a Foucouldian (white, heterosexual, European, high theorist) approach and language to discuss about using the Decolonial Imaginary as a tool for change?