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Anonymous asked: What exactly is imperialism? And what's it have to do with feminism/America? I'm so confused when looking it up. And how's it different than colonialism? What are the pros and cons of each? I'm not into politics but I still wanna know about it so I'm not ignorant but the concepts are hard to grasp :/


Colonialism is when a nation takes control of another nation through settlers and settlements in order to exploit resources and retain power. Imperialism is when a country/group of countries retain control over nations (many of which are former colonies or are still colonized) through economic and political control. Imperialism is the driving force or ideology behind colonialism and is the ideology behind the foreign policies of the West. When people talk about imperial feminism, it has to do with the fact that the West utilizes ‘feminist’ rhetoric to justify and further its imperial policies and control over ‘Third World’ and non-white bodies. For example, Bush wanting to invade Afghanistan for the sake of the women and to ‘free them’ from the ‘bad, brown Muslim men’, claiming they needed to be “saved” and it was the US that was going to do so. This has historical roots, for example, the French utilized similar rhetoric in Algeria and King Leopold in Egypt. And there are plenty more examples. It can also be referred to the struggle of Black women in the US and the way in which non-white bodies are Othered. It’s inherently racist, sexist, and heteronormative.

There are no ‘pros’ to colonialism, imperialism, and any Western neoliberal policy, whether its through militarization or the global market. Western imperialism continues to control and exploit the global South. Western civilization and their imperial policies are hell on earth for the people suffering under them.

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There’s the story, then there’s the real story, then there’s the story of how the story came to be told. Then there’s what you leave out of the story. Which is part of the story too.

Maddaddam, Margaret Atwood (via novelwisdom)

Complicated, but true.

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For the mountains may depart    and the hills be removed,but my steadfast love shall not depart from you,    and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,    says the Lord, who has compassion on you.
- Isaiah 54:10


For the mountains may depart
    and the hills be removed,
but my steadfast love shall not depart from you,
    and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,
    says the Lord, who has compassion on you.

- Isaiah 54:10