Women’s March and Intersectionality

Recently, there has been some controversy sparked concerning the Women’s March concerning intersectionality. Some Black women feel that the march centered the needs and interests of middle class White women much to their own detriment. Unfortunately, the few Black women, who attended the Women’s March centered the needs and interests of slain Black men at the hands of the police much to their own detriment. Hence the problem with intersectionality surpasses the mainstream feminism and infiltrates all segment of society.

The saying, All the women are White and all the Blacks are men has always permeated societal norms. Mainstream anti racist circles normally centers the Black man’s plight while mainstream feminist circles centers White women’s plight. When people are addressing women’s issues and rights, they are indirectly speaking about White women’s interests. Unfortunately, this narrative leaves out the interests of women of color especially Black women. It has been apparent that mainstream feminism doesn’t include the livelihood of women of color particularly Black women living in Western countries like America and the UK. Much of it’s advocacy centers the livelihood of middle class, heterosexual White women, while overlooking how race and class along with gender affects the oppression of Black women. Many Black women felt that the Women’s March didn’t necessarily center their plight, despite the fact that it was a Black woman named Tamika Mallory and an Arab woman named Linda Sarsour. The lack of intersectionality in mainstream feminist spaces along with the lack of solidarity between White women and Black women leads to this painstaking division among Black women regarding the Women’s March. Worst of all, exit polls show that the majority of White women voted for Donald Trump despite his sexist rants like ”grab her by the pussy” while women of color voted for Hillary Clinton in droves. The possibility for women of color to form a sense of solidarity with White women to fight for reproductive rights and other rights concerning women. It has always been uncertain thing for Black women and other women of color to align themselves with White women when White women have and still show them that they don’t have their backs nor understand intersectionality.

Here is a video of some women at the march challenging Western Feminism:

 

From the looks of what Breukelen Bleu said in one of her recent videos, Black women also have a problem addressing intersectionality when it comes to addressing their own interests. She stated that the Black women that attended the Women’s March only addressed the lives of Black men, who lost their lives in the hands of the police but didn’t address anything in regards to Black woman’s plight. None of these women addressed the high out of wedlock birth rates among Black women, the fifty percent rate of herpes, being two point five more likely to be murdered than a White woman, that  60% of Black women are raped before age eighteen or that they bare the burden of carrying the so called Black Community on their backs. Unfortunately, Black women have been brainwashed into centering the livelihood of Black men over their own. Many of these women have internalized misogyny and believe that the Black man’s livelihood is more important than their own. Much of this plays into the patriarchal set up of the so called Black Community(which isn’t a community if you ask me), where the Black man’s liberation from White racist/patriarchal/capitalist/hegemony ensures the liberation for the whole Black race. History shows otherwise. Many Black women follow this mindset to their own detriment while their daughters are being led to the slaughter in Black residential areas across the country. Intersectionality is not only an issue White feminists have but it is also an issue that Black women have as well.

Ultimately, I believe that the premise of the Women’s March is to protest Donald Trump and his adminstration’s attack on women’s reproductive rights. Though the lack of intersectionality and lack of solidarity between White women and women of color is apparent, I believe it is important for women to stand up against patriarchal forces that seeks to undermine their bodies and womanhood.

3 thoughts on “Women’s March and Intersectionality

  1. Got to your blog from GenderTrender, and I wanted to say thank you for highlighting the black feminist issues that you feel went unaddressed at the Women’s March. I didn’t see those issues addressed at the march I attended either, and frankly, had not been aware of them at all. Admittedly, I am more of a Marxist Feminist, so I find more unity in addressing how the capitalist system exploits us all and how it allocates resources to deal with these issues unevenly… but I can see where some issues you point at (especially those of black women being the culture-bearers) are unaddressed by class-based feminism, except to say that black women’s mainstream representation of black culture seems to be more palatable (and hence, more marketable/exploitable).

    Although I attempt to search out feminist issues where I can find them, I don’t know who in the mainstream is addressing these issues in a way that might have been accessible to me, a white woman who is mostly out of the loop with mainstream black culture. I know who Beyonce’ is, but I don’t prefer her music and don’t pay attention to her celebrity so I couldn’t be sure if she’s addressing those issues. I don’t pay attention to network TV, so while the show Blackish may have something to say about it, I wouldn’t know.

    Who else is there? The “mainstream” black feminists that I am aware of are Oprah, Janet Mock, and Laverne Cox. The latter two aren’t even women and are basically men’s rights advocates and don’t address issues such as those that you highlight. Seems like Oprah is trying so so hard to be mainstream that she also overlooks these issues for black women, unless they are continental African women.

    So anyway, I will continue to read your blog, because I would like to learn more about the intersectionality of race and feminism, and if you have a lead on someone else who is addressing these issues in the mainstream, please point the way.
    In solidarity, btr

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    • Well, I see where you are coming from about class based feminism needing to address issues that affect Black women. I happen to identify more with Black Feminism/Womanism but I am receptive to other varying types of feminist thinking though. Honestly, I would love to write more articles about women’s rights regarding other races of women but I am not too aware of what other races of women go through compared to Black women.

      As for mainstream Black feminism, I believe that it could do a better job of addressing much of the issues Black women go through. By the way, i don’t consider Laverne Cox a feminist due to her not standing up for Black women or women, in general’s right and Janet Mock’s admission of promoting sex work for trans women is repulsive. Anyways, I do appreciate your comments and your perspective on my blog.

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  2. You really make it appear so easy with your prionetatesn but I to find this topic to be actually one thing which I feel I might never understand. It seems too complex and extremely broad for me. I am taking a look ahead to your subsequent put up, I will attempt to get the dangle of it!

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