Making the effort to learn about and recognize microaggressions for what they are when they occur is a crucial first step both in learning how to stop perpetuating them and also learning how to cope with them.
There is nothing wrong with a woman’s inability to relate to the unique combinations of oppression faced by other women. However, there is something wrong with not paying attention to these injustices faced by other women.
Every woman, regardless of whether she was aware of it, has likely felt the self-hatred that comes with being female in a male dominated society.
What white people claiming colorblindness don’t seem to realize is that their claim is ignorant and dangerous, and just as racist as the people they’re trying to distance themselves from.
In every crack of the internet and in any vaguely political conversation, there seems to be a certain type of person lurking, waiting to find the right moment to interrupt growing social awareness with all-inclusive, but essentially undermining, comments.
Why is it that every time a woman looks at herself or just takes a picture or dresses in a feminine way does that have to be a response to men or the male gaze?…It almost seems like our interest with the male gaze is giving it more power than it actually has or needs to have.
“Feminist” is less an adjective and more an identity, and the people who self-identify as feminists are diverse, and all have different interpretations of a common idea: gender equality.
The recent court ruling that Kesha may not be let out of a six album contract with her producer and alleged abuser Dr. Luke under Sony Records is a chilling reminder, not only of the coldness and misogyny of the music industry, but of the enduring reign of rape culture.
How do we know what emotional abuse is? Where do we draw the line between abuse and a partner just being mistreated? Is emotional abuse even real? Isn’t physical abuse worse than emotional abuse? All of these questions, among more, rattled my brain when thinking about the issue of emotional abuse in romantic relationships. It is an issue rarely discussed, and when thinking of abuse it is almost always overlooked in comparison to physical abuse.
It does not make you a bad feminist to be unsupportive of another woman’s ignorance. It does not make you a bad feminist to decide that the woman limiting you and your identity is not welcome in your life.