Now make your feminism intersectional

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[Source: Rosalarian]

Intersectionality: People are marginalized along different axes [gender, race, sexual orientation, disability status, religion, etc.] and they experience discrimination that is unique to their intersection of oppression.

  • The sexism that a black women faces cannot be separated from the racism they also face
    • The sexism they face cannot be addressed without also addressing racism
  • White [able-bodied, cisgendered, hetrosexual] women do not experience the same issue, it is simple to separate your gender from your race when your race is the default [white privilege]

If our feminism is going to help more than just white women, we must center the most marginalized among us. Otherwise what’s the point?

I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.

Audre Lorde

 

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. – MLK

How do you make your feminism intersectional?

  • Check your privilege
    • What I mean is, check your reaction before responding to something
      • “Why don’t I like this statement?”
      • “Does this bother me because it’s calling me out?”
      • “Why haven’t I notice this issue?”
    • Acknowledging your privilege is not saying that you haven’t suffered or have it hard
      • With respect to white privilege: it means that race did not act as an additional burden in your struggles. And, because our society is built to support white supremacy, society is structured to rise you up while putting others down
      • It is not about denying your struggles or successes
  • Listen
    • Let marginalized people tell you their story
    • Respect their lived experiences
  • Center the most marginalized
    • Feminism isn’t about making you comfortable
    • If you want to support equality you are going to have to sit with uncomfortable things some time
    • One of those things, is that you do not have to be the main focus
  • Use your voice to amplify the marginalized voices, not speak over them
    • Talk to other white people
  • Accept criticism
    • You’re going to make mistakes
      • You’re always learning
    • Allow people to call you out, or call you in, without becoming defensive
    • Swallow the anger, discomfort, etc. and evaluate why you feel that way

 

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