What seems like a simple Target advertisement has opened up into a conversation online about white feminists vs black feminists. Truth be told, both groups have their own issues to deal with, but it seems as though intersectionality is something a lot of white feminists don’t believe in.

Many black and other women of color feminists feel that white feminists don’t want to hear the negative aspects of how they treat women of color. And some feel that these white feminists will try to do anything to deter the conversation that includes valid points from black feminists.

In my own experience, as someone who refuses to adhere to any labels, it’s exhausting reading both sides.  Feminism shouldn’t be used to divide women along the colorlines. But since the rise of social media, it’s pretty much done a great job of doing so.

Clutchettes, what do you think are the biggest issues facing white feminists and black feminists? 


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  • Eduardo

    At least since the days of fighting for voting rights White feminists have had race issues. Third-wave feminism tried to be a bit more inclusive (as opposed to so many second-wave types like Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinem).

    “In 2014, it’s no longer enough for feminism to waft its arms in the air and say, “Oh we’ll deal with race and class later, just let us enjoy our big sexy party that is fun feminism now.” It’s time to stop brushing the word “intersectionality” away – if you’re literate and can grasp that feminism means equal rights and opportunities for all, then you can probably grasp that intersectionality means gender is not the only place where those rights and opportunities differ.


    The fact is that one of those terms – feminism – comes largely from white theory, and the other – intersectionality – from black theory, and people from the former camp don’t expect to be handed a tool by the latter.”


  • Yup, this photo sums it up…at least from my point of view.

  • NapturallyNesey

    Feminism isn’t just feminism; theres no ‘one size fits all’ here. It can’t be when women of color and white women have different experiences of what it means to be a woman in American society. White women have historically been seen as too delicate to do anything men can do – which is why they fight so hard to be recognized as able bodies (in addition to other things). Black women have been working since slavery; we are constantly masculinized and desire to be seen as the women we are and not the stereotypes that are portrayed of us.
    The issue is centered around recognition and acknowledgement. Can you recognize the feminist struggle of one group of women although you may not experience it?