Solidarity is for white women. A discussion about feminism and intersectionality

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Friday November 15th 2013. Solidarity is for white women. A discussion about feminism and intersectionality. 6:30pm

In her book ‘Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center,’ Bell Hooks gives one simple definition for feminism: ‘[it] is a movement to end sexism, sexist exploitation, and oppression.’

While most feminists can agree on the first two: ending sexism and sexist exploitation, there has been a lot of debate about the different types of oppression which are not taken into consideration by some types of feminism. A lot of debate around the question Is solidarity just for white middle-class highly educated white women?

Racism, for example, has often been considered ‘not a feminist issue’ by mainstream white feminists – a debate which has been particularly visible the past months on Twitter’s #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen posts. Transphobia is also problematic among some feminist circles who prefer to exclude transwomen from their groups. Classism, homophobia, ableism and other ‘isms’ and ‘phobias’ are also often left out from the alleged ‘sisterhood.’ So many types of feminism are not intersectional. And they should be!

If you want to get a crash course on intersectional feminism, learn how to keep in mind the multitude of oppressions that intertwine in our lives and share some personal stories in between, join us in Joe’s Garage on 15th of Nov. Doors open at 18:30, the workshop starts at 19:00.

If you have any questions or feedback, please feel free to contact us at joeworkshops [at] squat [dot] net