Feminist Lens #1

Global Feminism Blog

I was listening to the podcast “Stuff mom never told you” from the Stuff You Should Know series when I heard one of the broadcasters say something that I have been saying for a long time, “We (in this case, white feminists) need to be more comfortable with getting uncomfortable”. They were speaking on the controversy behind the Women’s March on Washington that many people were pointing out as being a white woman’s march. Black women, 96% of which voted for Hillary, did not need to be told that there is inequality towards women- they had already taken action and transformed their beliefs into votes. It was mostly white women that voted for the reverse of progress so, many people viewed the march as an admittance of guilt by this demographic of women.

Regardless of the statistics and who started the March, I was excited to see such mobility. The podcast, however, got me thinking about the other side (just as the responses of Susan Okin’s paper had done) and I could apply the issues that we’ve been learning about in class to a pin pointed representation of the problem; intersectional groups of women are not on the same page yet. So, when I had said, so many times before, that I know that a movement isn’t done from the comfort of our social media homes, I was inherently forgetting that so many women that face the inequalities from American and other cultural groups were already very uncomfortable. It it is obvious that women in minority groups feel somewhat overlooked by a specific demographic of women. Whether that sentiment is shared is irrelevant- what we need now is action to show solidarity.

I feel that the March should have been that symbol. I was saddened to see that women, regardless of who started it, did not all support the March and rather (I think, unintentionally) undermined its goal. We are all uncomfortable now. We must take strides together.