Why we call ourselves intersectional feminists

Forgot to be oppressed, too busy being awesome

Picture above of blogger and cartoonist, Ainee Fatima, @Faineemae

As intersectional feminists, patriarchy and sexism aren’t the only structural oppressions that we want to address. In the work that we do – within Redmond and beyond – we want to contribute to a feminist agenda that is broader than breaking through the corporate glass ceiling, or abortion rights. We’re informed and inspired by radical feminist thinkers like Audre Lorde, Gloria Anzaldua and Angela Davis, who used their powerful voices to tell the world that women around the world are confronted with different and complex marginalizations simultaneously. Women around the world have to deal with patriarchy, yes. But factors like class, sexuality, race and ability also influence their daily lived realities. It matters whether you’re part of an indigenous community fighting for land rights, whether your country is subject to imperialism or neo-colonialism and whether you are transwoman fighting against transphobia.

We want a feminism that responds to this diversity and complexity and has an agenda that reflects our realities instead of erasing them. A feminism that assumes that “woman” is white, ablebodied, middle class, Western, secular or Christian and highly educated, is a feminism will not fight to end the oppressions of women who do not fit that norm. It will even be used to further the oppression of women of color around the world and the communities they are part of. Our feminism is intersectional, because we are aware of the many intersecting identities and factors that shape the lives of women of color. Our feminism is intersectional, because to free ourselves we must not only fight against patriarchy and sexism, but also address racism, poverty, ableism, transphobia, neo-colonialism and imperialism.

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