we need to restructure how feminism 101 is taught so that we don’t consider it necessary to later correct ourselves.
no more feminism 101 that applauds capitalism, no more feminism 101 that prioritizes men, no more feminism 101 that teaches us to be scared of our own anger and pain.
Yes this. I spent too many damn years not knowing the real shit because of this.
White feminism is a set of beliefs that allows for the exclusion of issues that specifically affect women of colour. It is “one size-fits all” feminism, where middle class white women are the mould that others must fit. It is a method of practicing feminism, not an indictment of every individual white feminist, everywhere, always. — This Is What I Mean When I Say “White Feminism” (via becauseiamawoman)
Taking a stand against patriarchy is much easier if you’re well-educated, have a stable income, and live in a community where you could theoretically find an educated, employed man to marry. For poor, uneducated women, especially those who have kids, the question of whether to get married looks a lot different: It’s the choice between raising children on one or two incomes, between having someone to help with household chores and child-rearing alone while working multiple jobs.
And that’s the big difference: For a poor woman, deciding whether to get married or not will be a big part of shaping her economic future. For a wealthier woman, deciding whether to get married is a choice about independence, lifestyle, and, at times, “fighting the patriarchy.” There’s a cognitive dissonance in Ehrenreich’s straight-up dismissal of the economic benefits of marriage, because the statistics tell an awkward truth: Financially, married women tend to fare much better than unmarried women.—
Wealthy Women Can Afford to Reject Marriage, but Poor Women Can’t by Emma Green, The Atlantic (http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2014/01/wealthy-women-can-afford-to-reject-marriage-but-poor-women-cant/283097/)
Which is why if you’re a feminist who doesn’t pay attention to issues of class but wants to wax poetic about marriage being a product of patriarchy (it is, and so is womens’ dependence on it, but that ain’t gonna quit without eliminating poverty/capitalism) you can go away.