Feminism needs to center the experiences of all women of color in the movement. As a starting point, here are some suggestions from several smart women.
RH Reality Check recently spoke with sex workers Minnie Scarlet, Darby Hickey, and Violet Rose about what role they think feminism can play in sex workers’ rights, among other issues.
A “Blurred Lines” parody video in which men dance shirtless was briefly removed from YouTube after being flagged as “inappropriate,” sending a clear message that the idea of women dominating submissive men is unsuitable.
Many feminist activists are no longer content with having a martyrdom complex, which almost makes it a competition to see who has sacrificed more for the cause.
OITNB isn’t perfect in its handling of race, class, and gender, but the series does get a lot right about the conversations people of color and white folks have amongst themselves and with each other, and how different identities and experiences shape those interactions.
A discussion of several hashtags that have been making their way around Twitter over the past week: #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen, #BlackPowerIsForBlackMen, and #F*ckCisPeople.
We think redemption narratives prove something about the human experience—when really, all they prove is that change is really, really hard, and we should be suspicious when someone claims to be 180 degrees different from whom they used to be.
It is not the responsibility of feminists of color to tell white feminists we exist and have been a part of the feminist movement for a long time. When feminists of color or Black feminists—or whatever moniker they choose—are passed over and ignored, it is an insult, intentional or not.
I just can’t have another fight about whether it’s feminist to be a stay-at-home mom, shave your legs, or wear makeup. Let’s stop choosing our choices and start choosing our battles.
Barry Commoner, who died September 30, deserves to be remembered as a visionary scientific thinker who advocated for connecting the dots between components in systems of oppression.