Are You Really a Feminist?

by Jala Everett

Are you really a Feminist? In the age of movements such as #timesup #metoo #blacklivesmatter #prochoice and more why does so much of our population still remain to be so settled in discriminatory values? The answer is that they want to keep their privilege; these people would rather remain ignorant and in power rather than be educated and an ally to others. Though in the past years more and more people have become more aware of the numerous social injustices in society today, another alternative has become more prevalent. Even though these people have become more supportive of ideas of equality and inclusion, more have begun to take an alternative route from intersectional feminism and chosen white feminism. If you don’t know what these are and why the difference matters, the definitions of the two are listed below:

Intersectional Feminists (Real Feminism): People who believe in equal rights between men and women, and as well are inclusive to the LGBTQ+and people of color. Also these people don’t shame other women.

White Feminist (Fake Feminism): People who believe women are better who only stand up for cishet rights, ignoring people of color. Opposite to intersectional feminists these women shame other women regularly.

As you can see there is a significant the difference between the two. In my eyes intersectional feminists are allies to people of color, the LGBTQ+ community, and others who’s suffer discrimination and are given unfair cards in society. White feminists are those who want to climb the social ladder so that they can be just as powerful and privileged as the white, straight, wealthy man. The question that still remains though is how someone can be so passionate about women being treated as equal to men, but not believing everyone deserves the right to be treated equally. Some of you reading this article may be white feminists, but its not to late to change your views and become more inclusive and accepting to all. Being a feminists means being apart of the change, choose the right side.