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What is Emma Mould's essay "Dismantling The Master's House: Strategies of Resistance in Post-Colonial Feminist Writing" about?  

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This excerpt from Emma Mould's essay, "'Dismantling The Master's House: Strategies of Resistance in Post-Colonial Feminist Writing" is about the marginalization of Black women in the third world. The author makes the argument that Frantz Fanon's critique of colonialism fails to take patriarchy into account, and replicates patriarchal assumptions. The author believes that Fanon's Black Skin, White Masks applies the same damaging stereotypes to Black women that colonial discourse applies to all people of color.

Fanon claims that Black women are motivated to assimilate into White society by a sense of inferiority. The author says that he bases this notion on the writing of Mayotte Capécia, author of a novel called I Am a Martinican Woman, which explores the desire of Black women for white men. While she does not challenge Fanon's criticism of the novel itself, Mould does argue against his acceptance of this single work as representing the perspective of Black women.

The author also takes issue with Fanon's framing the Black woman's struggle for autonomy purely in terms of the Black man's struggle, as though the autonomy of women were not an important matter in its own right. She asserts that critics of Fanon, such as Homi Bhabha, have often followed him in refusing to consider the importance of gender in postcolonial criticism.

The extract ends by remarking that Western feminists have also been guilty of homogenizing women in the third-world. These feminists, like Fanon, have contributed to the hostile positioning of native women "within a matrix of intersecting power structures."

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