Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Black History Month

What with Beyonce's recent Super Bowl Halftime Show performance that's making racists soooooo mad hahahahahaha sorry it's just so delicious and delightful, they're so mad, anyway, there has been a lot of well-meaning feminists talking about the importance of intersectionality to shut down shitty racist feminists upset about the first set of feminists defending Beyonce.

Did you follow all of that?

The point is, if we're going to talk about intersectionality, this is a fantastic time for some black history.

Yes, the idea and term of intersectionality was invented by a black woman. Her name is Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw. The fact that so few white feminists even know this is an utter failure of intersectionality.

Black women get even less credit for their word and accomplishments than white women. This is because of how sexism and racism intersect. If we want to claim to be intersectional, we white feminists need to be aware of this and put extra effort into ensuring that black women and other women of color.

This is why I don't throw around the word "intersectional" on this blog, even though I do my best to talk about issues that affect all women. When I do use the term, I make sure to credit Ms. Crenshaw. I think that's something all white feminists need to do when we use the term. Otherwise, we're contributing to the same racist erasure of black women's accomplishments that we're supposed to be against.

Also, how amazing was Beyonce's performance? Oh my god, the racist tears. My queen.

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