(tw:rape) The thing about white feminists and their “man vs. woman” binary that disturbs me so much is that it doesn’t take into account how factors like colonialism, (which derives from white supremacy) have shaped the current gender relations in the third world. Men who perpetuate colorism by stating blatantly discriminatory practices in their dating preferences? That’s residual effects of colonialism. That’s whiteness infiltrated from degrading the dark and promoting the light. The simultaneous hypersexualization and desexualization of women of color? That’s residual effects of colonialism. That’s Sarah Baartman and being displayed as a mere prop for white men to get off to. The gender wage gap? That’s western neocolonialism and corporatism, in addition to misogyny and sexism that says women of color aren’t made to be paid for labor, which ultimately goes into white bank accounts and benefits white societies, both men and women.
That’s why I sort of just laugh hysterically when I see white feminists purport women like Chandra Mohanty and Alice Walker as “betrayals” to their cause. No, you betrayed us long ago when you allowed your white men to rape us, subjugate us, enslave us, taunt us and brutalize our communities and eradicate our traditions and cultures. We’re just daring to say “hey, those things that you blatantly ignored? They’ve molded us as women and our experiences differently and we won’t allow for those differences to be ignored in favor of upholding the “women experience”, which doesn’t exist, by the way”.
Men of color do harm women of color, but the ultimate point is, so does everyone else. The man vs. women dichotomy doesn’t do anything but try to shift blame from one guilty party to another.
My friend Khajidah (via eastafrodite)
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