There is a danger in the way feminism works.
I should elaborate.
There is a danger in the way white feminism works.
Everywhere we look there is something in the media. Reminding us of its unwillingness to take up how race, class and gender impact womanhood.
Take a look at the recent Pepsi advert in which Kendall Jenner leaves her modelling gig and joins a protest. She hands over a can of Pepsi to a white male officer who in turn receives it, turns to his colleague and smiles.
I can’t believe Kendall Jenner single-handedly stopped police brutality with a can of Pepsi. We should have been doing this from the start, guys!
Not only has Pepsi trivialised the Black Lives Matter movement, but they have given a white face to these protests and placed people of colour as side characters. Pepsi managed to further the erasure people of colour already experience in their daily lives. It’s like they’re saying, “All you need is a White Saviour™.”
We have to be mindful that feminism is not a one-type-fits-all, as much as the media would love for it to be.
For example, a white woman will not have the same experience as a black woman. However, trying to place everyone’s experience in a one-size-fits-all feminist view is erasing the experience of black women and other women of colour.
As Kimberlé Crenshaw wrote, “Because the intersectional experience is greater than the sum of racism and sexism, any analysis that does not take intersectionality into account cannot sufficiently address the particular manner in which Black women are subordinated. […] Similarly, feminism must include an analysis of race if it hopes to express the aspirations of non-white women.”
Look at it this way: white women need to fight for women of colour and men need to fight for women so that we can fight against the different types of oppression equally.
“My feminism will be intersectional or it will be bullshit.” – Flavia Dzodan
P.S. DO NOT trust companies’ “progressive” ads. They don’t care about you. They only care about sales.
I may sound like a whiney bitch but I am merely here to state facts. As a woman, I am at the bottom of the shit pile. As a black woman, I’m probably below the bottom of the shit pile, like 2 or 3 metres below. Just for being black I am deemed as unattractive, unintelligent and just not womanly enough but that’s not the main issue here.
My feminism is not everyone’s feminism – white feminism doesn’t always include me. It skips past the issues that might be very important to me.
Let’s take it back to the women’s march that happened on a pretty much global scale. I was happy that it took place and I am so happy that women were able to take a stand for what they believe in etc etc etc. BUT I was also very weary and all too aware of how much was being ignored. Where were all these women during the black lives matter protest? Where were all these women when we asked them so stand with us in solidarity for other causes? Where was the police protection when we needed it? Why are we seen as a threat if we do not fit into this perfect ideal?
I have also found that certain demographics have feminism that is very sexually focused. Yes, I get it, pussy power yadda yadda yadda. But coloured women are still fighting for basic human rights. The people who are more likely to be at a disadvantage because of the way life is set up are women of colour (I hate that phrase but needs must); your pussy power isn’t really helping a woman who has been forced to flee her country because of lack of basic human rights. Maybe we should start with that first?
Can we also discuss why women aren’t seen as equal? Let’s just throw that one out there. Hypothetically if 100 white women were to be kidnapped (God forbid), what do you think would happen? Global uproar, media outlets on overdrive, money pumped into the police force and the army would be called. Because how can such a monstrosity happen?
Now, this actually happens every day but replace ‘100 white women’ with black women in DC, black women and girls in Nigeria, black women in Lewisham (a borough in London, with an alarmingly high rate of missing black girls). Where is the uproar? Where is the money? Why are we invisible?
I often wonder where the change starts. Then I realised the change cannot start with the oppressed because their voice is already stifled. White women, be accountable for your privilege. You have a lot of it, so let’s talk. We can all be great together! Stop overlooking your amazing counterparts, but stop and listen.
P.S. I’m still mad that a high number of WW voted for Trump, ya’ll really had one job but really what’s my business?