57613409I’ve always been a “stand up” kind of girl. My mother once told me, “If you don’t stand for something then you’ll fall for anything.” Well I happen to believe that quote wholeheartedly. There are numerous causes that I’ll proudly stand up for and one of them happens to be equality. When I speak of equality I mean equality all across the board. Equality, when it comes to class, race, sex & gender, sexuality, age, etc. Inequality and discrimination disgusts me to the 12th power. In my eyes it’s one the world’s worst atrocities.

Inequality stems from one’s thought or association with superiority. Sure, some of us have more materialistic things, money, education, friends, or fame than another. All of which does not matter at the end of the day. Let’s use the recent earthquake in Haiti for an example. Natural disasters do not discriminate. Thousands of people perished during that earthquake and gender nor class status could not stop it from happening.

With that said, I’m a Black lesbian woman who doesn’t own “A Louis Bag” except for the one that my mother brought back home from a New York shopping trip on Canal street. So I have four strikes against me when it comes to inequality. I’m not really a fan of labels but, I proudly claim that I’m a feminist and radical woman of color. Now when it comes to my feminism and the other species (males) it has nothing to do with me hating men. Even the fact that I prefer relationships and sex with women doesn’t make me hate men. I just hate the superiority complex that society has created when it comes to men. What I hate even more is how women are conditioned to believe that men are superior and some don’t even recognize it.

I hate the fact that there are so many faithful Christian and Muslim women when both of these religion’s holy books support and promote sexism and inequality between men and women ( See 1 Corinthians 11:3, 1 Corinthians 11:7-9, Ephesians 5:22-25, Surah 2 verse 222-223, Surah 2 verse 228, and Surah 2 verse 282 for blatant examples). I hate the fact that even in 2010 there are still some jobs that men get paid more for than women. I hate the fact that a culture that I love dearly has pretty much buried the women that are a part of it. Hello Hip Hop!

Even though I feel like I have every right to stand up for my equality, I feel bad that feminists here in America fight for what we do when there are women in other countries being subjected to circumcision. There are also women in other countries being murdered because they refuse to submit to an arranged marriage. There are specifically Black women in other countries being forced to take birth control so that they don’t produce more Black babies. So if you are a person who feels like there is no need for feminism today — there is. The previous four statements may make you feel like there is just not a need for feminism in America but, a quote by a favorite female emcee of mine proves that there is.

“Injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere.” – Invincible

Then there is the whole debate on rather or not feminism includes Black women. Rather or not mainstream feminism includes Black women doesn’t mean that Black women aren’t being treated unequal. In fact, I’ve been involved with feminist organizations where I’ve looked around and have been the only brown skinned kinky haired woman in sight. That doesn’t stop me from fighting for the cause though.

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  • Great article! I agree with so many points you’ve made. We could use more women of all nationalities to stand up here and abroad. We have made progress here in the States but there are still many women of other nationalities that face the oppressions you’ve addressed. It’s not just a white woman thing, it’s not a man hating thing. It’s about simply standing up for what you believe in and having a voice regardless of your color or sex.

  • sloane

    thanks for this article, glennisha. i’m a black lesbian as well, and an unabashed feminist. feminism isn’t about bashing men, it’s about desconstructing the patriachy, which has destructive ramifications for both women and men, and equity for women. that is it and that is all. i also hate the automatic deferment to men, that is still apparent in american society. although we have it better then women in many other countries, we still have a long way to go. when women, particularly women of color, can be paid less for doing the same job as a man, and when preventing rapes is thought to be the sole responsiblity of women (teaching women to carry mace or not to jog at night as opposed to teaching men not to be so sexually aggressive and believing that they have the right to sexual access to any woman they want) we have have a lot of work to do.

  • Erin

    Wonderful article! More of us feminists/womanists need to stand up so folks know what holding these philosophies really means.