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Feminism Is To White Women As Womanism Is To Black Women.

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By Puma Sanaa

Womanism is a form of feminism that solely focuses on what women naturally contribute to society. Too often, though, Feminism and Womanism are used interchangeably due to lack of knowledge of what both terms mean.  Feminism is defined as “The belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities”. However, feminist theories blatantly ignore the struggle and oppression of Black women and other women who lack privilege as well. This is when it turns into white feminism.  All throughout history, white people have created spaces that are anti-intersectional and exclude Black women out of their movement. White women only seem to focus on their pale pink vaginas and quotes such as “ This pussy grabs back” and pink pussy hats to promote what exactly? We don’t know. When do white women ever do anything that makes sense? Right. Moreover, their movement also excludes anyone who isn’t a straight white woman. So that means queer folk like myself aren’t even a thought in their pink pussy hat movement.  White feminist fail to realize that representation isn’t just some act, including ONE Black woman in your propaganda post whilst standing next to multiple white women isn’t the best example of diversity or intersectionality. White feminist also contributes to the “angry black woman narrative” each time they attempt to tone-police Black women for speaking on racial double standards.

 “ Our exclusion as women of color isn’t accidental. Diversity can’t help white feminism. They just need to move over.” – Aph Ko. 

Another reason Black women will never be properly represented by white feminism is that white women cannot handle stepping off of their platforms and allow Black women to have a voice. The movement revolves around white women avoiding discussions about their privilege, our struggles are easy to circumvent.  The white feminist movement has almost always focused on sexuality, equality between the sexes and reproductive rights but constantly skips over issues that Black women face such as social equality. It’s seldom that these topics are ever talked about upon the white feminist community, and if it is ever spoken about from a white feminist platform, it is ignored, shunned and overshadowed by another topic irrelevant to the plight of Black women.

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