White Feminism

White feminism refers to a form of feminism centred around white, financially privileged women, without considering the perspectives and problems of women faced with more than one form of oppression, particularly women of colour. Often white feminism also excludes transgender women, non-binary people, disabled people, poor people, and other oppressed people. Basically, white feminism fails to take intersectionality into account.

It’s important to note that ‘white feminism’ doesn’t refer to every feminist that is white. Rather, it refers to a specific branch/brand of feminism.

BattyMamzelle describes it best: “When I talk about “white feminism,” I’m talking about the feminism that misappropriates womanist thinkers like Audre Lorde to declare that keeping white women’s racism in check is “bashing.”

I’m talking about the feminism that cheekily denounces “twitter feminism” as useless, without considering that twitter is the main medium through which less economically privileged women (usually women of colour) can put their feminism into practice and gain access to and engage with like-minded women.

I’m talking about the feminism that publishes an article advocating for forced sterilization, completely disregarding the way in which forced sterilization was used as a tool of genocide against black and native women.

I’m talking about the feminism that thought holding a writer’s retreat at a former slave plantation was a swell idea. I’m talking about the feminism that throws women of colour under the bus in the quest for body diversity and acceptance.

I’m talking about the feminism that thinks barging into a Maasai community and “breaking barriers” is feminist, disregarding the work that actual Maasai women are doing to help achieve equality on their own terms, and obliviously parading its class privilege along the way.

I’m talking about the feminism that insists that “Muslim women need saving” and refuses to acknowledge that cultural differences mean different, culturally specific approaches to feminism and equality.

I’m talking about the feminism that thinks not “leaning in” is the only thing standing between women and economic success. I’m talking about the feminism that defends The Onion when it calls a little black girl a “cunt”.

I’m talking about the feminism that celebrates Tina Fey, Lily Allen and Lena Dunham, but tears down Nicki Minaj, Beyoncé and Rihanna.

I’m talking about the feminism that pats itself on the back, but doesn’t apologize after supporting a known abuser of Women of Colour feminists who confesses to his transgressions.

I’m talking about the feminism that did all these things in the space of one year.”

More information: http://battymamzelle.blogspot.com/…/This-Is-What-I-Mean-Whe…

Image by Michelle Avenant

Image by Michelle Avenant

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