White Feminists, we need to have a chat about this unruly beast we call feminism, and the intersection of race and sexuality. I like to assume that you mean well, but you’ve been fucking up quite a bit in the last few months, and I think it’s my duty as your presumptive sister-in-arms to do some minor course correcting for all our sakes. Read More For Feminists Who Resort To Racism When Slut Shaming Is Not Enough
Well this is a post I’ve been meaning to write for a while.
Every single time women of colour talk about “white feminism” or “white feminists” within the context of discussions about the way that the mainstream feminist movement privileges whiteness, we deal with an onslaught of defensive white women insisting that they personally are not like that, and would you please say “some white women” and not make generalizations? Read More This Is What I Mean When I Say “White Feminism”
When we talk about “white feminist spaces,” what we mean is the default mainstream feminism of the UK, Europe and USA. A feminism that considers itself superior to women’s movements throughout the world, using its white privilege to cherry-pick which women (of colour) and oppressions are worthy of attention or rescue, viewed through a myopic authoritative white lens. Read More Racism Within White Feminist Spaces
After gender studies writer Hugo Schywzer “quit” the Internet and had a mental breakdown (on which I believe everything that has to be said has been said on various media outlets), Blogger Mikki Kendall started the Twitter hashtag #solidarityisforwhitewomen. It has opened up a long-overdue discussion on the inherent racism in mainstream feminism. Jezebel (former home of Schwyzer’s column) posted about it, apparently oblivious to the fact that their role in pushing Schwyzer’s agenda and silencing or banning commenters (particularly women of color) who criticized him and their decision to publish his work had led to this in the first place. Read More Solidarity is For White Women? My Opinion
I didn’t read much last week because I was moving, but I managed to squeeze in a few of these gems from the ladyblogosphere. What did you read?
Another week, another massive list of misogyny in the news. But never fear! This week there’s some misandry and penises to cheer you up. Ladies love misandry and penises! (Trigger warnings for just about everything apply.) Read More This Week in Misogyny is Getting Pissed Off