Query, how often do we see WOC positioned as valuable in the media? Especially in Western media? Not as commodities, but as people to be cherished? I know there’s a lot of rhetoric about to come my way about equality & feminism, but this really isn’t about the needs of white middle class women to…
Girl, I’ve BEEN thinking this! This is why the White feminist movement cannot be our movement, well, one of many reasons why.
It’s like when in the second wave, White feminists often claimed they envied Black women for our “independence” because so many of us worked outside the home. They did zero unpacking and critique of that view. They didn’t look at the circumstances BW were working under, which was odd because oftentimes it was in their own homes (that’s why my butt itches whenever I hear of some rich, privileged, WW working the “can have it all” and “How does she do it all?” angles when we all know she can only have cake and eat it too because she’s paying WoC a pittance to keep baking for her). Work was hardly seen as liberating for Black women then and not for many now. It’s not very liberating when you have little to no choice.
But how much of White feminist prating against being treated as damsels about the privilege of knowing that will never go away. That they can call upon that White Knighting when they need it? Like how it’s fun for rich kids to play poor, live in sketchy neighborhoods, work marginal jobs, but know they got a fat trust fund or that Mommy and Daddy’s money will bail them out. It’s fun to go out into the world and act all adventurous when you know you got a better chance of being rescued if your adventure goes sour.
reblogging for the conversation, if that’s ok. if it’s not ok, i’ll delete this reblog.
Oh it’s totally fine by me. I really do want this discussion to be visible, I just don’t want it derailed into fifty-eleven arguments about how WOC are doing feminism wrong because they have different priorities.
Um lemme just say the bolded parts are mine. And I would also like to start talking about the internalized non cherishment of WOC that often feels quick to dismiss that desire in CERTAIN women.
As well as the recent but horrifyingly disturbing recent occurences of white women playing willy nilly with WOC safety and trust while exploring their ” WILD/SEXY/BRAVE” sides