why intersectionality is important

feb 1_

 

Get ready, because this is going to be a very controversial post, but when am I ever not controversial. When I first sat down to write this post, I was going to call it, “what is white feminism”. However, I decided to change it because that’s not really what I want to talk about. Yes, I am going to talk about how white feminism can be harmful and contradictory to feminism. But I also want to talk about the significance of intersectional feminist, what it is, and how it’s the actual embodiment of feminism.


 

please keep reading. I already gave a warning and this post might make you uncomfortable, especially if you are caucasian. If you are uncomfortable, maybe you should keep on reading. It’s important to address things, even when they have a stigma around it because we all could be a little more aware. But let me be clear, I don’t want to put out the message that if you are white, you’re not a feminist. I just want to make sure that when we think of feminism, we think about equality FOR EVERYONE, REGARDLESS OF RACE, IDENTIFICATION, BACKGROUND, ETC. (which is what feminism is)

what is intersectionality? In my words, intersectionality is the belief that if you are going to advocate for equality, that extends past gender and sexual identification. It means addressing race, religion, background, socio-economic status, while also addressing misogyny.

this is google definition,

  • the interconnected nature of social categorizations such as race, class, and gender as they apply to a given individual or group, regarded as creating overlapping and interdependent systems of discrimination or disadvantage.

 

can you really be a feminist, if you aren’t intersectional? This is a really important question. On the one had, if you don’t think women of color and caucasian women deserve the same rights, but you still want the latter to have more rights because “we are all equal”, does that make sense? It’s also kind of self-contradictory in a way.

how does this weaken feminist. If there is a group of supposed feminists, only advocating for one race’s equality, and they call themselves feminists, then that taints the name all together. However, I also don’t want to be the one to dictate and be the final say of what feminism is and isn’t. I just want to help create a more aware community, open to discussion.

how can we ALL improve? The first step would be staying aware of when you might be participating in “white feminism” or when you might be ignoring the history of racism or homophobia surrounding women’s rights. Being a part of a larger conversation, with more opinions and points of view is also important. Overall, really think and consider whether or not you are advocating for women. All women. More than that, for humans.

 


 

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2 thoughts on “why intersectionality is important

  1. Brendan Birth says:

    To me, it is not feminism unless it advocates for all women. For example, Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminism (TERF) is not feminism.

    Also, you might be interested in reading the Kimberle Crenshaw piece where she coined intersectionality, if you haven’t yet and if it’s still accessible online.

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