When Patricia Arquette, with her actual words, excluded women of color from the feminist struggle for gender equality, not to mention downplayed the continued struggle for LGBTQ and racial equality, those of us with questions and criticisms were told by white feminists that we were taking her out of context, expecting too much from an actress, or otherwise interpreting her incorrectly.
White feminists are not the only or most repeated culprits in this, my least favorite game: “But they actually meant the opposite of what they just literally actually said!” Hardly. Most of that comes from the, ahem, feminist-critical (let’s not say they are all anti-feminist) crowd. Continue reading “Silly Defensive Atheists! Interpretation Is for Theists”
While I am all for equal pay, I am not here for white women who think that gender inequality is the only inequality left in the world, especially not rich ones. Despite the copious amount of praise I saw last night and this morning for Patricia Arquette’s call for equal pay, she squarely placed herself in those dubious ranks with her follow-up remarks on the matter.
“It’s time for all the women in America, and all the men that love women and all the gay people and all the people of color that we’ve all fought for to fight for us now.”
A perfunctory glance at the history of social justice reveals that while people of color have always showed their support for women’s rights, white feminists have always been and continue to be exclusionary of non-white women’s concerns.
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