Postcolonial feminism resists Euro-American feminists’ tendency to universalize the shape oppression takes for women in various sociopolitical and historical contexts.
Our words have the ability to re-write narratives, redistribute power, and shift understanding in whatever direction we choose. They are not neutral objects of little significance and should never be disregarded, especially as we enter this new “post-truth era.”
In emphasizing the tragedy of intellectuals barred from the United States, and in veiling the stories of average people affected, we have conflated Western tropes of success with the right to live.
In her 1988 essay “Performative Acts and Gender Constitution,” Judith Butler—philosopher, gender theorist, and professor at UC Berkeley—proposed the theory that gender is behavior, rather than a biological fact.
Financial issues are inherently linked to social ones. The truth of the matter is that fiscal conservatism draws money away from social programs that protect the medical, educational, and social rights of millions of citizens.
It is the responsibility of the Greek system to shift structural power into women’s hands, allowing their sexual freedom to be more than a hopeless flounder against a bastion of male privilege. Sororities, if they seek to serve women, must relent in their adherence to outdated standards.
Crenshaw’s great theoretical contribution, that of intersectionality, is a call to action at every moment. In light of the Trump regime’s past few weeks in office, we must once again revisit intersectionality to make sure our political activism does not replicate harm against marginalized peoples but rather positions the most vulnerable at the forefront of our fighting and protest.
Men and boys should be encouraged to embrace vulnerability and femininity. However, expecting women and femmes to emotionally service the men in their lives is not and expression of intersectionality. It is just another mechanism that asymmetrically benefits men.
There is a relentless, controlling force within many men, and male-identified women, that works solely to criticize and divide women. This force is unyielding, and it will continue to be so until we no longer live in a patriarchal society.
Susan McClary is one of the most important musicologists responsible for introducing feminist critique to musicology. Her work, though controversial, was some of the first to present a critique of Western classical music that considered the role of gender and sexuality.