In class this week, we’ve been discussing feminism encompassing our personal and cultural understandings via Adichie’s We Should All Be Feminists. What does a feminist look like? I showed you this image based on Adichie’s critique of the stereotype:
Juxtapose this image with yourself, Beyoncé, & Emma Watson (even Ryan Gosling) in popular culture, and you start to get an idea that “feminist” encompasses a spectrum of political ideas and identities.
We also discussed the term “white feminism,” known as a “one size fits all” feminism that expects all women to fit the mold of middle class white women and has historically excluded women of color. This term has become locally relevant for Pittsburgh’s sister march.
Alicia Salvadeo wrote a medium post White Feminism Thing: The Women’s March on Pittsburgh, and Why Our Feminism Must Be Intersectional explaining what led to the official sister’s Pittsburgh march Facebook event being initially deleted, and the organizer’s mediation of comments questioning the lack of intersectionality at all levels of organizing. But, these conversations have arguably created change. There are now women of color involved in the highest organizational levels of the sister march.
This weekend, you can choose to participate in a few significant events around the city.
My Civic Workout is an email campaign and vibrant Facebook page that allows you to get your activism on in accessible and impactful ways. If you follow their Facebook page, they post a constant stream of ways to get civically involved.
In this week’s issue of their email campaign, you can read about why the Women’s March on Washington is happening, and how to get involved even if you can’t physically be there. My Civic Workout usually gives you options for activism if you have five minutes, ten minutes, thirty minutes, and a second wind. In their Inauguration Vexation email campaign, if you have five minutes, you can send a message to your senator opposing the Secretary of State candidate Rex Tillerson. If you have ten minutes, you can learn about Rep. John Lewis and why President-elect Donald Trump’s insulting of him is unacceptable. If you have 30 minutes, you can read about the intersectional platform of the Women’s March on Washington. And, if you catch a second wind, be sure to read Ta-Nehisi Coates’ “My President Was Black” (Coates is our anchor to define ‘world’ for our class).
So go on, get your activism on!