From ‘Me Too” to ‘Ask Her More’ and ‘Don’t tell me to smile’, its clear that the current climate has feminism at the forefront. While these initiatives and more are starting very important conversations, it is important to note that when we say we are fighting for equality for women, that it truly means all women.
When using the term ‘women’ it is imperative that we look at marginalized populations, who incidentally are the ones who need feminism the most. Women, referring to gender, but are the challenges the same of a white woman vs a black woman? What about a straight woman versus a lesbian woman? What about a white lesbian high school graduate vs a straight Latina woman with a masters degree?
When taking into account all of the nuances that encompass differences women have in society, we are being intersectional. Widening our view on these important distinctions helps us on our way to practicing intersectional feminism. Universalizing the claims of relatively privileged women can often take away or even silence those in marginalized populations.
So if you are really into feminism, see how intersectional feminism fits into your world and see if you need to make any adjustments.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Holding degrees in Human Sexuality and Biology, Dr. Megan Stubbs is an energetic multi-media savvy Sexologist. She often hosts seminars, appears on television, speaks on radio and writes for many online and print publications such as Women’s Lifestyle Magazine and Playboy; and has been featured in Cosmopolitan, Women’s Health, AskMen, Bustle, Refinery 29 and more! She is mindful of inclusion and brings a sensitivity to ethnic diversity rooted in her own complex heritage. Her programming is designed to entertain and educate with actionable steps and information the participants can use as soon as they leave!