The Subaltern Another critical debate is raised by Gayatri Spivak in her conception of the "subaltern". Spivak denounces Western feminism for speaking for non-Western women and robbing them of a political voice. Such a practice marginalizes non-Western women and ignores their own efforts at countering social and political injustice.
WITHIN WESTERN CULTURE THEY SHATTER THE MYTH OF UNITY
WHICH WESTERN FEMINISTS
HAVE LONG CELEBRATED.
However, Spivak advises that such a different voice should not be seen as a threat to Western feminism; rather, this discourse of otherness should be I incorporated and allowed to enrich the "imagined community of women" 168 which Mohanty has identified.