By Eudine Barriteau
Confronting energy, Theorizing Gender is an anthology of Caribbean feminist scholarship which has a number of specific gains. It exposes gender kinfolk as regimes of energy and consolidates and advances indigenous feminist theorizing. a very powerful part of the gathering deconstructs marginality and masculinity within the Caribbean. the key leap forward is the popularity that this quarter of analysis comprises either women and men as imperative to a extra enough conceptualization of society, polity and financial system. The mood of the days means that an important watershed in gender stories has been reached.
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Mohammed and Perkins 1999 may be the exception as a recent publication centring "woman". I do not mean to suggest that the more recent works do not examine women's subjectivity - they do. The work is more theoretically grounded and advances the WICP research. However, the perception hovers that to do gender means that one cannot examine women's lives. Jeanie Ollivierre, coordinator of the Women's Affairs Department, Government of St Vincent and the Grenadines, telephone interview by Eudine Barriteau, 26 May 1999.
Women as subjects are rapidly disappearing from the discourses of gender. Gender is now not thought of as part of a feminist discourse. Ironically, the multiple openings of the categories that "women" made possible by gender analysis are now being occluded and closed off by insisting that "gender" is a synonym for women-and-men, or that doing gender means a simultaneous focus on women and men. The rich contributions made by differing schools of feminist thought have taken us to the point where the subjectivity of women as embodied beings has gained an epistemological significance and has finally transcended the empty ontological category of not-man.
By showing that both women and men are socially constituted beings subject to asymmetrical power relations, the social relations of gender freed women from being understood, ontologically and epistemologically, from androcentric perspectives. The social relations of gender demonstrate that yes, women are different from men, but that difference is not within the recurring traditional frame that situates women in opposition to men. That old Cartesian frame is binary and hierarchical. It argues that what men are, women are not, and vice versa.