‘Intersectional feminism’. What the hell is it?

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We have touched on this in the3rdimagine in the last few months.  It has manifested as the need to understand that sexism is not experienced uniformly and being a woman might be only one of a series of different ways in which one can experience inequality.

So for some of us it is about the lack of opportunity for female representation on boards, being paid less than a man for the same work or even being pilloried for daring to ask for women to be represented bank notes.  None of these are acceptable but they do not represent most women’s lives globally.

There is, as Ava Vidal says in The Telegraph, “no one-size-fits-all type of feminism.”  She points out that she experiences sexism but as a black woman, also racism.  She argues that at the moment feminism is essentially represented by middle-class white woman and that is too simplistic a base from which to analyse sexism as experienced by all women.  She quotes Alice Walker who said:  “Part of the problem with Western feminists, I find, is that they take after their brothers and their fathers. And that’s a real problem.”

So the challenge that those of us who are Western feminists need to face up to: ” start listening to and including various groups of women, and their multi-layered facets and experiences of life, and respect them, in the overall debate.”

Read the full article from The Telegraph here

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