Cause I’ll scowl.I’ve been doing research on feminist movements lately after being a little confused at the feminist backlash against #yesallwomen and I feel like I’m getting closer to understanding (though I’m not quite there yet).
While the basic ideals of feminism, equality for all regardless of gender, race, class, etc are sound in their purest form, even back to the early suffragette movements these ideals have not been applied equally in practice. In reality, many of the gains made by feminist movements have been primarily for white middle-upper class women, and said women often actively prevented for various reasons the same benefits applying to women of colour, women of the lower classes, transwomen and anyone who did not fit into their primary group. I understand now why anyone outside this narrow group would distrust and feel erased by the ‘mainstream’ ciswhite feminist movement.
I still believe in the ideals that feminism represent. But I’ll keep researching and trying to ensure that my own beliefs maintain sensitivity to and are inclusive of groups that are still today excluded as the norm.