Is Feminism still for white girls? The ladies of Racialicious would fervently disagree. In last week’s Newsweek, a piece recounted the experiences of female employees at the publication 40 years after a gender discrimination suit was filed on behalf of 46 women. The suit, represented by Eleanor Holmes Norton is recollected by 3 female Newsweek employees who discover post-suit that they still aren’t equal. The headlining photo for the Newsweek piece is a painfully familiar representation of feminist iconography that suggests like the revolutionary book and intro to Black Women’s Studies, All the Women Are White, All the Blacks Are Men, But Some of Us Are Brave.
Calling out the photo’s irony, the Jezebel team said, “Things stay the same: This just posted Newsweek story on “Why Young Women Need Feminism” is accompanied by a photo of six women…all of them white.” All hell broke loose when Newsweek editors decided to clap back at Jezebel editors igniting a new-age feminist online war.
In response to the drama, specifically Raina Kelley’s (a Black female Newsweek employee who writes a column on race, gender and class) complex position in the debate, Racialicious writers, Thea Lim and Latoya Peterson also a Jezebel contributor penns a brilliantly witty Black feminist response commentary originally titled, “All The Women Are Still White, All the Blacks Are Still Men, But Some Of Us Are Tired of Being Brave and Want to Kick Someone’s Ass.” We love it!
Read on for a snippet of Latoya and Thea’s conversation…
Latoya: What did you think of the source article?
Thea: As I was reading it, I started feeling more and more annoyed.
Latoya: Me too. Imagine that…
Thea: And I wondered, am I annoyed because I have preconceived notions about this? And then I realized – no, I would’ve found this article annoying no matter what.
Latoya: I think it’s because we’re a bit beyond the type of feminism 101 piece that this presents as “Who knew there was still sexism?” Seriously, what the fuck.
Thea: Right, ha. But it was more than that. After all, as the Newsweek 3 (and you yourself) said, it’s Newsweek, it’s not a radical feminist journal. We don’t necessarily expect more than a 101 from them. So it took me a moment to figure out what my problem was. But this is it: the writers do a good job of talking about how better their jobs are than they were for women at Newsweek back in the day, and the structural fight that happened to change that. But they don’t recognize in their writing at all that part of their own success as contemporary women MUST have to do with their own race and class levels, their access to education etc. So they are talking about sexism, trying to make a case for why we should care about sexism, talking about male privilege, how it prevents them from feeling more at home and whole in their workplace…but they don’t talk about how their own privileges have led them to even have a position in that workplace in the first place. I found it frustrating and dishonest. Because they want to talk about inequality at Newsweek, but only the inequalities that they suffer. There is no consciousness of the fact that they are benefiting from inequality that others suffer. Continue Reading @ Racialicious