“Feminism, a person who believes in the social, political, economic equality of the sexes” – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Since the Suffragettes equality has been an uphill battle. But in more recent years’ feminism has become an extremely popular thing – with feminism printed on t-shirts and mugs with fun female empowerment quotes. Standing up for women’s rights is the new black. It’s great that feminism has found a spot in society but it’s not the kind of feminism we’re all thinking about. It’s white feminism.
What is White Feminism?
White feminism is a brand of feminism that focuses solely on the struggles faced by white women while ignoring any issues that don’t affect the white cis-gendered woman. These are the kind of “feminists” that will tweet for women’s rights while excluding transwomen because they’re not “real” women, or write a blog post explaining that the hijab is a symbol of oppression. If you still don’t get it, check out this video from Seriously.tv they do a good job explaining it.
What Does White Feminism actually do?
Contrary to what white feminist believe, white feminism doesn’t actually help anyone. All white feminism does is silence minorities while reinforcing the oppressive patriarchal system we all wallow in. White feminists don’t see that their actions affect an entire demographics of people. If they did 57% of white women wouldn’t have voted Trump. White feminism doesn’t actually do anything they’re most often found lurking through twitter ranting about how white men are awful while ignoring the very fact that they too benefit from white privilege.
How to stop being a White Feminist and be a True Feminist.
If you’re reading this and you think that you might also be a white feminist. Have no fear! You can unlearn this!
Read intersectional Feminist Material
Check out some reading material about intersectional feminism. I recommend Sandra Kim’s online magazine Everyday Feminism. It tackles feminist issues that ALL women can relate to.
Understand that Feminism is more complex than you think
It’s easy to get wrapped up in the notion that feminism is just about men and women when in reality it also focuses on race, gender, and sexuality. Feminism isn’t “one size fits all” there is so much that goes into it. So listen to your fellow feminists and give them an opportunity to speak.
The sooner we understand that, the faster we can rip down the patriarchy!
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