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Carolina Vieira discusses globalization and its effects on women, especially women with intersectional identities.



Humans are creatures who learn by first observing and then mocking an act. We also use this process to construct our identity; We carefully select values ​​and morals that stand out for us and better reflect our own state of mind, and navigate through life with this baggage.

An individual can embody many identities such as gender, race / ethnicity, or sexual orientation that enable us to be more complex people. But as Dee Watts-Jones notes, there are also institutionalized identities. Most people experience both privilege (although they may not be aware of it) and submission (usually they are aware of it), which in a very specific way dictates how one experiences the world and what treatment that person will receive, ergo, um to prove that identity and social location are directly correlated. A person’s social position relates to his position in society, to the position he occupies.

Tyler Jamison of the University of New Hampshire and Anthony G. James Jr. of the University of Miami defined it as “the combination of factors such as gender, race, social class, age, ability, religion, sexual orientation, and geographic location. This makes the social location special for each individual; This means that the social location is not always exactly the same for any two people. “

As we further develop the concept of social location, we begin to realize the importance of intersectionality and how there are several unique challenges that women who intersect with more than one minority group face on a daily basis. Let’s put it this way: imagine society as a bus with a driver and passengers. The driver specifies in which direction the bus is going and how fast. While the passengers play a more passive role, they can see they’re going somewhere, but they don’t really have a say – they can just look out the window and watch the world go by. The bus metaphor illustrates another controversial situation: globalization and its negative effects on women.

Globalization, together with the world’s superpowers, embodies the role of the bus driver, as it acts as a connecting medium for the integration of political, economic and cultural systems, while the helpless passengers are developing countries such as Africa, Asia and Latin America. This begs the question: will countries not be able to make decisions on their own? Do they need to consult other countries (the bus driver) to decide which path to take in order to make progress?

In addition to decision-making, the individual is also affected by globalization when a country is integrated into “world society”, which intensifies gender roles. The problem can be analyzed from three different angles: economic, political and cultural.

In economic terms, globalization can lead to discrimination in favor of male workers and to the marginalization of women in unpaid or informal work. Women who work in cheap sweatshops become practically invisible and loss of income from traditional sources leads to dangerous impoverishment. Although we find these types of low-wage jobs easy and repetitive, they are indeed extremely physically demanding, require inhumanly long shifts, and inevitably force women to combine work and family, which often leads to child neglect – but they don’t have any Choice. The oppression of women created by globalization is politically detrimental to gender too, as it is excluded from local politics and practically no longer controlled in global affairs.

In my opinion, globalization ultimately hurts culture the most. There is only so much “novelty” a given culture can absorb before it begins to lose its own identity and transform itself into this new, constructed imitator. In her book, The Whole Woman, Germaine Greer explains how “Women face contradiction. … Speechless women endure endless hardship, grief and pain in a world system that produces billions of losers for every handful of winners. ”



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Carolina Vieira is a junior in Journalism and Mass Communication with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies.



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