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GLOBALIZATION: “At the core of globalization is a communications-technology revolution that has trem

November 24, 2008

Summary: "the expansion of anything-goes trade among nations" (Too Much). Jessica Neuwirth (in Sisterhood Is Forever) says, "In a corporate context, 'globalization' is a positive word because it has meant more profits and more power. ... In the international Women's Movement, 'globalization' is a negative word because it has brought great harm to many women—by facilitating the systematic exploitation of women as a source of cheap domestic and migrant labor, for example, and accelerating the international operation of organized crime, drastically increasing the trade in women and girls for various forms of commercial sexual exploitation." However, Neuwirth argues, "At the core of globalization is a communications-technology revolution that has tremendous power and potential. This revolution is neither inherently good nor bad." She sees opposing globalization as an exercise in futility and suggests that it represents an opportunity to "reorder the world in a way that serves humanity." She also says, " the real danger is that the growing influence of transnational money and power in all aspects of life will be regulated only by the corporate mandate to maximize profits."

For more information on the forthcoming Unspinning the Spin: The Women’s Media Center Guide to Accurate, Bias-Free Language, click here.

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