Over the years the position of women has drastically changed, moved, and developed more than a woman of the 1900’s could ever imagine. However, despite this movement and (literally) life changing events, we still have much further to go. And Feminism, just isn’t enough. Welcome, to intersectional feminism. And why EVERYONE should be an intersectional feminist.
Feminism (by definition on as found on google) is;
“The advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes.”
Now for the men and (I really have to emphasize the shaking of my head to this one) WOMEN! Who do not believe in feminism, or believe it is a sexist movement, need to educate themselves firstly on what feminism is before continuing to read on.
(Consider that a disclaimer)
As much as feminism has done for the women of this World wonders, it just isn’t quite enough. It has been recognised that not every woman affected by sexim is; white, middle classed, cisgendered, able-bodied etc. (This also links strongly into privilege, another blog post on that will come soon, so watch this space).
Your race, religion, class, ethnicity and of course gender, affects your social treatment of this World. Intersectional feminism focuses on the fact that different parts of your social makeup (and genetic makeup) will all contribute to how society treats you in your day to day life. For example, being a white woman, you are affected by sexism. But being a woman of colour, you are affected by racism AND sexism. The list goes on…
It is important to notice these intersectional points in which others may be more affected than you. Feminism does not fit all women, it is different for all.
As mentioned above, privilege really applies to intersectional feminism too. As some women will experience a ‘lesser’ sexist experience as others. For no reason more other than a status they behold that is out of their control (Gender, Race, Sexual Orientation etc.)
It is important when taking part in a Feminist march, or movement or even debate, you can acknowledge that sexism affects women differently, their experiences will be different and the mainstream feminism you may be supporting, may not be applicable to a lot of women.
If you are a feminist, you should be an intersectional feminist!!
Find some links below where you can read some great material, written by some great women!
Let me know your thoughts on Feminism/Intersectional Feminism