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This paper is based on Antoinette Burtons article The White Womans Burden which chronicles the British feminist movements relationship to colonial Indian women between 1865 and 1915 Firstly this text will be comparing and contrasting Burtons article to other writings on the same subject in the same historical period In addition to this the text will juxtapose how anglo women Memsahibs living in India viewed Indians in relation to their female sisters back in England In addition to this the paper will examine the different feminists perspectives at play at this time For example the text will examine the views of those trapped within the confines of imperial colonial thought and others whom Burton fails to mention that were fiercely anti-colonial The purpose of this essay in contrast to Burtons one sided account is to give a balanced overview of the different range of thoughts and ideologies at play during this time If compiling a list of feminist ideologies in todays society we might have Marxist Radical Liberal Traditional and Gynocentric feminist discourses Burtons article gives the impression that feminism of this period was more or less confined to one particular type That is their feminist ideas were shaped by the imperial society of the then British Empire To this Burton argues that anglo women of this time saw themselves as the moral backbone and mothers of the empire Chaudhuri Stroble 1992143 Furthermore they felt they had a responsibility to civilize their inferior colonial counterparts Chaudhuri Stroble 1992143 Burton includes contemporary comments such as Somewhere between the Martyr Saints and the noble dog are pitiful Indian women Chaudhuri Stroble 1992147 Further to this comments such as Indian women are in need of salvation by their British feminist sisters speak volumes as to Indian womens status Chaudhuri Stroble 1992153 Selective comments such as these give a clear indication of how these feminists viewed the Indian woman Of interest here is the
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