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CEO of Lean Startup Productions 5 Ways White Feminists The feminist perspective about racism from early life Address Our Own Racism When somebody points out that you've said or done something racist, perhaps something that hurt them personally, the game-changing response is first to understand that your intentions are not the centerpiece of the interaction.
Started by Mikki Kendallit immediately became a channel for women of color to call out how implicit racial bias, double standards for women of different races and overt racism are all baked into mainstream white feminism. If you've been following feminism for the past yearsyou probably weren't surprised by the range of grievances.
But if you're a white feminist and you were surprised or you felt defensive or you think you're not part of the problem, then now is the time to woman up, rethink your own role and help reshape feminism. While there are many reasons white feminists have to do this work, Kendall's hashtag highlighted an important one: In other words, the problems we face as women are often the problems we create as white people.
Since SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen trended, I have seen excellent pieces by women of colormany suggesting steps white women can take to be better allies. Their insights are leading us toward a more conscious feminism. White women, however, need to take responsibility for educating ourselves, too.
So, here are five steps white feminists -- myself included -- can take to check ourselves, connect more genuinely with women of color and improve feminist outcomes for people of all races.
As a test of the need for these actions, consider whether you'd want the men in your life to try each step in confronting their own sexism.
Recognize that even when your good intentions are truly good, that's totally meaningless. This idea is hard to accept, because our culture suggests that we should feel like heroes just for wanting not to be racist.
Plus, it's maddening to be misunderstood. I have gotten hung up on those two horns frequently. But what matters is your impact, not your intentions, and you don't get credit for thinking good thoughts.
Try this on for size: Instead, you check to make sure the other person is OK, you apologize, and you watch where you're going. You don't get annoyed with the person you stepped on because you caused her pain or declare that she is too sensitive or defend yourself by explaining that you meant to step to the left of her foot.
When you crush another person's toes, as Franchesca Ramsey has pointed outeveryone recognizes that your impact, not your intention, is what's important.
Why isn't that the standard for saying something when you didn't intend to cause harm? For white women interacting with women of color, we may reflexively, unwittingly assume our experience -- and therefore our intentions -- are or should be primary.
I'd argue that's rooted in our internalizing cultural messages.
But whatever the root, we have to get wise if we expect women of color to take us seriously. So, when somebody points out that you've said or done something racist, perhaps something that hurt them personally, the game-changing response is first to understand that your intentions are not the centerpiece of the interaction.
Once you let your intentions fall away, you can focus on what the other person is saying recommended: It changes no games to insist that you meant to be perfectly graceful. If you feel defensive when talking about race with a woman of color or reading about race in a piece written by a woman of color, assume the other person is saying something especially true.
Sure, yes, of course, the other person may have said something insensitive or unreasonable. But if you want to change the dynamics of the world reminder: Then use those moments to listen more carefully. Here's a personal example. Writing on The Toast in JulyJessie-Lane Metza Black woman, called out supposed white allies for a number of harmful behaviors, including writing about episodes in which a white author describes racism they have perpetrated or witnessed: My first critique is that this [writing] re-centres whiteness.
When a person of colour speaks to their own experiences of racism, they are speaking to a collective pain, and speaking truth to power.
When a person with white skin privilege gives an anecdote about racism, whether their own or someone else's, they are exposing more racialized people to this discrimination, and reasserting their own privilege.
The narrative is no longer about Black victims of racist crimes and a deeply flawed justice system, it is about white feelings about Black bodies and their experiences.
This is not helpful to intersectional practice, as it implies that only by making an oppression about the oppressor can power-holders work towards becoming allies. Secondly, it disregards the feelings of Black people by exposing them to further racism in an effort to work on white privilege.
I do not consent to being confronted with racism in the hopes that white folks can maybe start to exorcise their own internalized issues. Allies need to do this work on their own.Black feminist criminology theory is a concept created by Hillary Potter in the s and a bridge that integrates Feminist theory with criminology.
It is based on the integration of Black feminist theory and critical race theory. In reality, feminist theory has always been about viewing the social world in a way that illuminates the forces that create and support inequality, oppression, and injustice, and in doing so, promotes the pursuit of equality and justice.
Feminist theory is the extension of feminism into Feminist theories first emerged as early as in publications such as A Vindication of the Rights of The Feminist philosophy refers to a philosophy approached from a feminist perspective.
Feminist philosophy involves attempts to use methods of philosophy to further the cause of the. Feminist theory is a major branch of theory within sociology that shifts its assumptions, analytic lens, and topical focus away from the male viewpoint and experience and toward that of women.
In doing so, feminist theory shines a light on social problems, trends, and issues that are otherwise overlooked or misidentified by the historically dominant male perspective within social theory. Feminist Theory and Criticism While the term black feminism originated in the s, the central tenets of black feminist ideology date back to the mid-nineteenth century.
Black feminists in both the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries argued that the intersection of race, class, and gender in their lives, commonly referred to as the "double bind," inevitably shape the political and.
The writings of early feminist authors are just as relevant today as they ever were, containing messages that inform upon the hierarchical power dynamics of contemporary society; because while much has changed, much has stayed the same. importantly the feminist perspective of abortion, However, I feel that in all aspects of life and.