Intersectional Feminism Or Nothing
If we aren’t practicing intersectional feminism, we’re doing feminism wrong. And we’re not serving who we want to serve. I’ve been reading a lot about this, especially since the Women’s March on Washington, when I found myself scanning crowds here in Vancouver to check for representation. Scanning crowds and speakers. Looking at planning committees and reading concerns on Facebook pages.
Probably the simplest way to put it, that I read in Why Our Feminism Must Be Intersectional, is ‘one-size-fits-all feminism is to feminism what #AllLivesMatter is to #BlackLivesMatter’. It diminishes the plight and the issues of subgroups of women. It’s not entirely the same fight and we shouldn’t pretend it is. It doesn’t speak at all to racialized sexism. It doesn’t address transphobia. Indeed, feminism in the historical sense, is the fight of middle-class white women. There is evidence that this is changing, but I think we can speed up the process by understanding intersectional feminism and truly getting behind it.
As I do further research in the way of readings and interviews, I wanted to share this with you. Jillian Christmas lives in Vancouver, and she is an award-winning poet, mentor and teacher.
Listen to her poem, Black Feminist, and notice how it makes you feel. If it makes you uncomfortable, that’s ok. In fact, that’s good. Feminism, intersectional or not, is not here for anyone to feel comfortable. And when we meet there, in that tight space that makes us itch and even perspire, we can truly start to move forward.