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Global feminism by Carrie Polansky

July 8, 2010

This post is a part of the Global Feminism series, where each GAB editor is sharing her/his own definition of global feminism. What does global feminism mean to you? Discuss this definition and your own definition in the comments below, and join the GAB editorial board and fellow readers for a live chat discussion about global feminism on Monday, July 19 at 8pm CST.More info about the live chat here

In a literal sense, “global feminism” represents international social justice — a worldwide community of people who are committed to ending discrimination based on gender, sexual orientation, race, age and other facets of identity. But there is another way that I personally like to think of the term. To me, the name of this blog — Gender Across Borders — has as much to do with the borders (or lack thereof) that divide gender as it does with international, geographic borders. Likewise, “global feminism” can also mean the wide-ranging diversity of gender, and the way gender is expressed in different communities around the world. In an online space such as this, geographic borders are easily blurred, allowing for information to easily be shared between people of different backgrounds. Similarly, I hope blogs and other Internet communities will blur the boundaries of gender so that everyone — ranging across the global spectrum of gender — is able to learn from others and their experiences.

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