Ster van Girl Meets World over white feminism: 'eenzijdig feminisme is geen feminisme'

24/08/15 om 10:42 - Bijgewerkt om 10:42

Dertien jaar en nu al een Disneyster, stijlicoon en voorvechtster van vrouwenrechten. Rowan Blanchard uit zich als uitgesproken activiste op zo'n welbespraakte manier dat wij onze hoed afnemen.

Ster van Girl Meets World over white feminism: 'eenzijdig feminisme is geen feminisme'

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Feminisme, mensenrechten en de vuurwapenwetgeving houden deze pientere dertienjarige bezig tijdens de pauzes van de opnames van 'Girl Meets World', de spin-off van 'Boy Meets World'. Ze beklom het podium tijdens de jaarlijkse conferentie van het Amerikaanse Nationale Comité voor VN Vrouwen en gebruikt Tumblr en Instagram om haar visie te delen met fans.

Toen een fan vroeg naar haar mening over white feminism, antwoordde ze uitgebreid en duidelijk. 'Het is zo belangrijk om hierover te discussiëren. Ik vind het erg belangrijk dat mijn persoonlijk feminisme niet discrimineert. Ik wil mezelf hierin blijven onderrichten en discussiëren over dit soort onderwerpen heeft me geholpen ze beter te verstaan,' schrijft de actrice.

Blanchard hamert erop dat vrouwen met een andere achtergrond als de kaukasische vrouw niet genegeerd mogen worden. Ook de rechten van transgendervrouwen moeten worden verdedigd door feministen. Ook verdedigt ze Amandla Stenberg, die door heel wat partijen wordt afgeschilderd als een 'boze zwarte vrouw', in plaats van serieus genomen te worden. De actrice besluit dat feminisme dat eenzijdig denkt, terwijl de definitie van feminisme draait om de gelijkheid van de seksen, de naam feminisme niet waardig is. 'We moeten het hier meer over hebben. Discussie leidt tot verandering.'

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Hi! This is such an important thing to be discussing. I have made a very big point at making sure my personal feminism includes everyone- and educating myself and discussing these topics have really helped.

Issues that are commonly thought of as feminist issues include sexual assault, rape, abortion, Planned Parenthood, domestic violence, equal education, and the wage gap. Feminists have also adopted marriage equality and gay/lesbian rights as their issue which is wonderful.

However, with as many issues as feminists have succeeded in adopting, many of us seem to have not accepted the fact that police brutality and race issues are our issues too.

"White feminism" forgets all about intersectional feminism. The way a black woman experiences sexism and inequality is different from the way a white woman experiences sexism and inequality. Likewise with trans-women and Hispanic women. While white women are making 78 cents to the dollar, Native American women are making 65 cents, black women are making 64 cents, and Hispanic women are making 54 cents. Kimberlé Crenshaw said it perfectly in 1989 when she said "The view that women experience oppression in varying configurations and in varying degrees of intensity. Cultural patterns of oppression are not only interrelated, but are bound together and influenced by the intersectional systems of society. Examples of this include race, gender, class, ability, and ethnicity." This includes trans women especially, who have been robbed of their souls when they are told they are not "real women" It is SO important to protect trans women and trans youth as they are incredibly at risk when it comes to sexual assault and hate crimes. People also seem to forget that black women are victims of police violence too- from Sandra Bland to India Clarke- a trans woman who was beaten to death in Florida just a month ago.

The fact that when Amandla Stenberg wrote this beautiful and truthful piece http://instagram.com/p/5D-u1Vm1c8/ she was automatically labeled the "angry black girl" says enough. We are so quick to applaud white women for commenting on race issues/discussions like #BlackLivesMatter, and #SayHerName, but when a black girl comments on it- she is told she is overreacting or being angry. Comments like the ones you mentioned in your question drive me insane. I have personally seen men get called gay/ f**/ pu*** for wearing anything even remotely feminine. Gay is simply not an insult. Also, let's not forget that black men cannot wear hoods without being stereotyped as thugs.

To only acknowledge feminism from a one sided view when the literal DEFINITION is the equality of the sexes is not feminism at all. We need to be talking about this more. Discussion leads to change. Xo, Row

(LP)

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