Black Feminism

What is black feminism? Do you consider yourself a feminist in general? In this episode, we discuss feminism and intersectionality, answer the question ‘are we feminist’/ ‘do we take on the label’, as well as discussing black female independence. 

We want to disclose that we are not experts on feminism. Simply sharing perspectives. TSB has not “chosen a side” when it comes to feminism. Instead, we acknowledge both the positive and  problematic.  Feel free to give your input!  

Feminism is a controversial topic. We understand that some feminists are borderline insane and others are truly here for ALL people with an emphasis for marginalized individuals.

-We mention independence and not relying on men. This is NOT bashing the housewife type, but we want women to understand that they have a choice. We mention masculinity and sexuality. You CAN be masculine and gay at the same time. We trust our listeners understand our intent is not to box or offend anybody and can catch the points being made without disclaimers. We do not mention every fine detain with many subject brought up because each episode would be a few hours long. Be honestly, you don’t want that. Thanks for listening and for your continued support!

We love simple Wikipedia definitions:

Intersectionality–  an analytic framework that attempts to identify how interlocking systems of power impact those who are most marginalized in society.

White Feminism – an epithet used to describe feminist theories that focus on the struggles of white women without addressing distinct forms of oppression faced by ethnic minority women and women lacking other privileges.

Black Feminism – a school of thought stating that sexism, class oppression, gender identity and racism are inextricably bound together. The way these concepts relate to each other is called intersectionality, a term first coined by legal scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw in 1989.

Womanism – is a social theory based on the history and everyday experiences of women of color. 

Key Points:

  • Not everything can be about black women. Black men’s issues need unique attention as well. The community cannot be healed by giving all our time and labor to women and ignoring our black men/ shutting them down when they have a valid grievance. We’re all in this together and it’s important we all learn to be accepting of others choosing to specialize in a particular genders’ needs, as long as they are not silencing others.
  • But what about men? Though men have their own separate issues, “Meninists” are trash. Groups that exist to silence others in need are trash. (Some use “meninist” as a joke but others use it as a serious anti-feminist stance)
  • Anti-feminist men are angered by women not for “needing” men. Meaning, women aren’t relying on men for the most basic needs such a food, paying for a place to stay, etc. like we were in the days before women joined the workforce. They do not want a woman taking their “place” as a man. Guys, nobody can take your masculinity away from you except you!

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