Women of the World: An Introduction

Feminism is a politics of metaphor. In our understanding that acts of misogyny derive from a larger anti-woman ethos, each instance can be read as a symbol of the root problem, just as it is acknowledged as its own undeniable offense. We see the marital rape of a woman, for instance, as not only a crime against a single individual, but also a brutal synecdoche of coverture, of male privilege, of government collusion, of sexism. “The personal is political,” and as feminists have disassembled the labels “private” and “public”—torn consonant from vowel, to deprive the words of power to stick
to doors and atrocities—it is easy to confuse the contours of our lives for the maps of nations.

But while such an approach contains much truth, it is dangerous to project so widely—particularly across oceans. While we fight for rights in New Haven, we must keep in mind international struggles, ripe with lessons we can learn from our similarities, yes, but also from our differences.

In this spirit, Broad Recognition is excited to debut our new section, “Women of the World,” which will follow the travels of young women studying abroad in various countries, from Ghana to Poland, from Ireland to Egypt. Our writers will detail their struggles with gender and sexuality within unfamiliar cultures, reexamining their identities and their ideologies against a different backdrop, giving us all the chance to place our feminisms in a broader context. We
look forward to reading and learning from their stories, and hope you will join us.

— Alexandra Brodsky,
Associate Editor