In Latin America, or at least in many parts of Latin America, feminism is a very disliked topic and, not for the reasons people might believe. It is not frowned upon because of machismo (ah yes, a word so many love to throw around uncritically when referring to Latin America) or because “Latinas are tools of the patriarchy”, but because feminism, at least the Western conception of feminism, is perceived by many, as inherently oppressive of minorities. Many Western feminists have gone to Latin America and have attempted to narrate Latin America’s history and realities with a lens that didn’t take into account the many vectors of violence affecting local women. Indigenous women, mestizas, women from rural areas, migrant women, etc, etc, all have been subject to gender violence that is pretty unique to our continent and when reading this violence, the Western feminist paradigm of non intersectional gender oppression does not necessarily apply.
Cuando América Latina supere su crisis identaria y nos propongamos a auto-denominarnos política y socio-culturalmente, entonces le encontraremos uso alguno a términos anglosajones e ideologías foráneas. Por ahora, tenemos asuntos más importantes que identificarnos cómo o no feministas.
Basically, if you don’t share ethnos with or have had the same experiences as someone you wish to denominate, you’ve no right to tell them what they should or should not identify with.