I am working on my research (narrative/biographical account of migrant women's shaping of identity/identity being in process/constructed/fluid) and am researching the issue of african feminism, whether or not it exists. Can you be a feminist yet not "declare" yourself as such (much of the literature says this is the case, that women in Africa by virtue of their daily lives and the types of hardships they face ARE feminist, but would not/do not say they are feminist. If you wouldn't call yourself such (and would even, possibly deny that you are) - could you be that?
Maybe not that clear, my explanation/wonderings - I try to relate it back to myself, personally - if I am (as I am) pagan, but was still in the broom closet, so to speak, I could still be pagan - I might just not have "come out" yet. This could be so, but it would still be part of my consciousness, that I was pagan - I couldn't (could I) be unknowingly pagan, unconsciously so? So, too, of feminism?
According to social identity theory, for something to be part of my identity, I regard it as meaningful, so much so that I associate myself with that group, I categorise myself as that. So where does this leave African feminism?
What do you think?