Intersectional Feminism and Sexism

“White feminism” and intersectional recognition

When I joined the women’s club in high school, it became quickly apparent that there were socially acceptable standards of questions to be raised when it came to race, gender identity, and sexual identity. Inherent in white feminism is white supremacy and the effort to stay in the “dominant class” of patriarchy that protects white women. I was shunned for bringing up questions outside of that power structure.  

“Intersectional feminism” is much more than the latest feminist buzzword. It is a decades-old term many feminists use to explain how the feminist movement can be more diverse and inclusive.

If feminism is advocating for women’s rights and equality between the sexes, intersectional feminism is the understanding of how women’s overlapping identities — including race, class, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation — impact the way they experience oppression and discrimination.

A white woman is penalized by her gender but has the advantage of race. A black woman is disadvantaged by her gender and her race. A Latina lesbian experiences discrimination because of her ethnicity, her gender and her sexual orientation.

To understand the Women’s March on Washington, you need to understand intersectional feminism

It’s much bigger than “check your privilege.” And by “women’s rights,” organizers have taken care to make it clear that they mean all women of all backgrounds: The official platform the Women’s March on Washington places the demonstration in the context of not only suffragists and abolitionists but the civil right movement, the American Indian movement, and Black Lives Matter.

“Women have intersecting identities and are therefore impacted by a multitude of social justice and human rights issues.” Examples of this, including the especially urgent need for equal pay among women of color and the way they’re uniquely victimized by the criminal justice system, follow in the rest of the platform.

Intersectional feminism doesn’t mean anything if white women still struggle to support and advocate for those who’s identities cross intersections that are foreign to theirs.

Women could not open their own bank account until 1972 in the United States. They had to rally, protest, petition, and fight for policy inclusion and to this day have to fight to have rights equal to men’s rights.

For those who turn up their noses at the words feminists and feminism or scoff that feminism is a dirty and utterly pointless word please read this and realize the following list is of NINE things a woman couldn’t do in 1971 – yes the date is correct 1971.

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Home-Based Care Isn’t Babysitting It’s extremely hard work, and the people, mostly women, who take it on are notoriously underpaid. Child care taking

Cate Blanchett calls for equality as Cannes Film Festival prepares for opening night

Study: Men are more emotional than women at work

Pay gap

Married men are earning much more than others in America – Bloomberg

Another State Kicked the Tampon Tax to the Curb

The Court Case That Killed the ‘Ladies Menu’ Upscale restaurants once listed prices only for men.

The Women Behind ‘Good Girls Revolt’ Think the Time Is Right to Revive the Feminist Show – The Women Behind ‘Good Girls Revolt’ Think the Time Is Right to Revive the Feminist Show –

Boys and girls have an equal aptitude for math — so why are there are so few women in higher paying STEM jobs? – MarketWatch Boys and girls have an equal aptitude for math — so why are there are so few women in higher paying STEM jobs? – MarketWatch

Sexist hypocritical men on Twitter are being embarrassed non-stop by one brilliant woman.

Here’s one clever way to fight back against double standards.

32 Everyday Things Women Do That Men Don’t Have To Worry About Tell us again how women are equal?

The Age of ‘Menstrual Surveillance’ Is Upon Us What kind of things do you want your boss to know about you? Incredibly intimate details about your fertility cycle and whether or not your pregnancy is considered high-risk, maybe? Well, I have good news. The Washington Post reports that pregnancy-tracking app Ovia “has become a powerful monitoring tool for employers and health insurers, which under the banner of corporate wellness have aggressively pushed to gather more data about their workers’ lives than ever before.” Creepy.

The female price of male pleasure. The world is disturbingly comfortable with the fact that women sometimes leave a sexual encounter in tears.

Vintage Sexist Ads: Real-Life Ads From the ‘Mad Men’ Era

Airbrushing Meets the #MeToo Movement. Guess Who Wins. – The New York Times

Misogyny in WH dinner comedy Michelle

George St. George filed a complaint alleging Shlesinger’s women-only “Girls Night In” show was in violation of California’s anti-discrimination law.

“There’s this thing that happens whenever I speak about or write about women’s issues. Things like dress codes, rape culture and sexism. I get the comments: Aren’t there more important things to worry about? Is this really that big of a deal? Aren’t you being overly sensitive? Are you sure you’re being rational about this?

The Thing {All} Women Do That You Don’t Know About We have all learned, either by instinct or by trial and error, how to minimize a situation that makes us uncomfortable. How to avoid angering a man or endangering ourselves. We have all, on many occasions, ignored an offensive comment. We’ve all laughed off an inappropriate come-on. We’ve all swallowed our anger when being belittled or condescended to. It doesn’t feel good. It feels icky. Dirty. But we do it because to not do it could put us in danger or get us fired or labeled a bitch. So we usually take the path of least precariousness.

Barista dress debate from attack

Jena Friedman on Conan – treat nazis like you treat women and they will not become presidents

If Kellyanne wants to address attacks on women

‘Gun Bunny’ Instagram Influencers Hide Behind New Wave Feminism