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Frantz Fanon: Conflicts and Feminisms by Denean T. Sharpley-Whiting

By Denean T. Sharpley-Whiting

Frantz Fanon: Conflicts and Feminisms represents a daring exam of earlier feminist criticisms of Fanon and argues that Fanon's writings on girls and resistance give you the formative kernels of a releasing praxis for girls present below colonial and neocolonial oppression. Sharpley-Whiting skillfully brings jointly ways from a wide variety of educational fields, together with severe race concept, literary and cultural feedback, and psychoanalysis as she assesses the relevance of Fanon's theories of oppression to a feminist politics of resistance.

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By hatred of cowardliness. S. S. black radical feminists and Frantz Fanon's revolutionary theories. The approach to his writings is a more integrative one, even as it is importantly critical of his masculinist worldview. Fanon as "Feminist" That feminism means different things to different feminists has resulted in schisms, divisions, and contemporary feminisms. Agendas and programs vary from theorist to theorist and from practitioner to practitioner. The pressing issues of race, class, and heterosexism have birthed socialist feminists, radical black feminists, Marxist-Humanist feminists, liberal lesbian feminists, and so on.

In Sharpley-Whiting's argument, black female victimization by (white and) black males thus becomes the identifying marker among some feminist writings that overlook the nuances found in revolutionary thought. " How do we understand the valorization of Capecia as a "native" writer half a century ago, during a time of disintegrating colonial empires, by a male French literary elite in relationship to her being championed, by postmodern feminists who do not fully confront her antiblack sentiments, as a woman "vilified" by an anticolonialist?

5. Tony Martin, "Rescuing Fanon from the Critics," African Studies Review 13 (December 1970). 6. There are, of course, even Western feminists who contest Fanon's assessment of the transformation of Algerian society with respect to the feminine collective. See Barbara Burris's essay "Fourth World Manifesto" in Radical Feminism (New York: Quadrangle Books, 1973). While I do not address Burris's observations in the body of chapter 3, a summation of her criticisms is presented in note 1 of that chapter.

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