Back in March I was quoted by Evette Dionne on the issue of skin lightening and facial transformation within communities of colour. She used an earlier interview I was a part of in Ceasefire Magazine in 2011. You can check the article online here
For many Women of Colour feminists globally and in the West, our struggle with mainstream feminism remains an arduous and painful one. Despite the great body of work that Women of Colour have created – speaking to diverse experiences of race, gender, class, ethnicity, religion, disability and sexuality –mainstream feminism remains hegemonically white and middle-class, and often colonialist and racist (amongst many other –isms). Its exclusion leaves the global majority on the margins, unable to pick and choose between their identities such as race or gender. As a consequence, Women of Colour and other intersectional feminist groups have largely worked to strengthen and build our own movements that address the needs of our multiple and intersectional communities directly.
I have often wondered what it would or does take for mainstream feminism to become more inclusive and effective; not only anti-racist but a space that incorporates diverse experiences and concerns that reflect a breadth of intersectional oppressions.
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It’s Wednesday evening and I’m doing what I love doing: talking over dinner with beautiful women. The nature of what we do means our conversation shifts landscapes, speaking about everything from love, activism, to race, gender and art. After dinner I realise that it’s not often I’m able to sit down with a white woman and speak so candidly about certain subjects without a series of apologetics or silencing. What we carefully navigated in that space was dialogue, a mutual conversation centred on resolution about issues that are otherwise difficult, emotional, complex, and personal. It was a reminder of how limited this experience is for many of us.
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