Or, in other words, these feminists speak for me.
Letters and link round-ups are popping up (I almost had an unfortunate typo there) all over Bloglandia since this one that I mentioned the other day. I would like to direct you to two more that I think are noteworthy.
There is more to the feminist movement than fighting for the rights of white women. Feminism is more than allowing your or your commenters’ racial, economic, heterosexual, and able-bodied privilege to go totally unchecked. If you are so committed to “intersectionality,” as you have claimed several times, where is it? True efforts toward inclusivity and intersectionality constitute more than simply talking about those things, or throwing around whatever blogular buzzword is currently hot, or thinking that droppin’ those terms like they are on fire will suffice. There is an enormous chasm of difference between talking about doing something and actually doing it.
There is no gentle way to say this, Feministing.com: You do not speak for me, and I’m not sure that you ever will. I want to give you a chance, but until you actually start to make changes instead of alternately talking about making them and ignoring those of us who have asked you to, it is going to be difficult for me to hold out any hope.
You’ve already made it clear that I am not like you; apparently, neither are the people who have asked you, time and time again, to take what they have to say seriously, and to make changes accordingly.
You have also made it clear that there is no room for people like me in your version of “fun” feminism. There is no room in your world for my brothers and sisters: feminists and womanists of color, feminists with disabilities, working class feminists, fat feminists, queer and LGBTI feminists, asexual feminists, older feminists, or trans folk.
I understand. Boy, do I understand.
The whole thing is here.
And if you aren’t all-in, for helping ALL of me, you are therefore declaring that you are only interested in helping ABLED WOMEN. You can cut out this bullshit about being “feminist,” as though you are working on behalf of “women.” Because you aren’t, at that point, working on the basis of gender: you are working on the basis of women with a certain ability status. Period.
And I am sick and fucking tired of having to explain this to the likes of all of you. If you are not there to help me in the problems I face because of my disability, you are not helping me as a woman. I am a whole person, not fragmented little bits. You have to help all of me to help any of me.
The whole thing is here. And annotated.
Please stop over and cosign their letters. It is vital that we present ourselves as a unified front.
Please feel free to drop your links to your own open letters/link round-ups here.