African feminism, this landmark volume demonstrates, differs
radically from the Western forms of feminism with which we have
become familiar since the 1960s. African feminists are not, by and
large, concerned with issues such as female control over
reproduction or variation and choice within human sexuality, nor
with debates about essentialism, the female body, or the discourse
of patriarchy. The feminism that is slowly emerging in Africa is
distinctly heterosexual, pronatal, and concerned with "bread,
butter, and power" issues.
Contributors present case studies of ten African states,
demonstrating that-as they fight for access to land, for the right
to own property, for control of food distribution, for living wages
and safe working conditions, for health care, and for election
reform-African women are creating a powerful and specifically
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