The White Woman's Burden? Vron Ware
Led by Helena Reckitt
‘The White Woman’s Burden? Race and Gender in Historical Memory,’ by Vron Ware, is the focus of the October Feminist Duration Reading Group. This is the first chapter of Ware’s key work of Critical Whiteness Studies, Beyond the Pale: White Women, Racism and History (1992).
Combining cultural analysis, historical account and memoir, in this chapter Ware discusses her frustration with the UK feminist movement’s failure to account for racialised dynamics, including its own racial biases and prejudices. In response, she recalls her work with Women Against Racism and Fascism network (WARF) to develop anti-racist feminist strategy and tactics.
Foregrounding the book’s central arguments, Ware highlights how tropes of idealised female purity and virtue went hand-in-glove with the British empire’s ‘civilising’ goals. White women’s supposed vulnerability was used to justify taking extreme measures against indigenous people in the name of public order and protection.
Together we will read selections from ‘The White Woman’s Burden: Race and Gender in Historical Memory?.’ The chapter can be found here, together with ‘Workings of Whiteness,’ an interview with Vron Ware by Bolette B. Blaagaard, for background. https://drive.google.com/open?id=1WwUb7YFdGz2uPQgthCglwkrQQyjV-r1L
No advance reading is required as the texts will be read aloud during the meeting.
Please bring a copy of the reading with you.
Vron Ware is a British academic with a background in anti-fascist journalism, photography, and activism. Her other books are Out of Blackness(2002), co-authored with Les Back, Who Cares About Britishness?(2007), and Military Migrants (2012)
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