As I’ve said before, I’m not normally a, “Let’s all go sign a petition!” kind of girl, but I’m making (another) exception. Thanks to the the folks at Michelle Obama Watch for pointing me over to ThinkGirl.net for this one. The petition is not sponsored by ThinkGirl.net, but is described on their site this way:
We refuse a feminism that assumes that “women” are a homogeneous group. We recognize that women identify along a spectrum of identities, and that gender is not always the mostprominent one. Gender is a significant structure, to be sure, but it is not the only structure shaping women’s lives. Multiple systems of oppression and privilege, including racism, white supremacy, class hierarchy, religious intolerance, xenophobia, anti-immigrant policies, heterosexism, ableism and ageism shape women’s lives, identities, and experiences. We need movements that recognize these multiplicities.
Along these lines, Melissa Spatz and Ann Russo have put together a statement of Refusals and Commitments that they hope white feminists might use in creating conversations and mobilizing around commitments to coalitional antiracist feminist analysis, practice, and pedagogy.
They’re also hoping that folks will sign on to the statement to reflect these commitments.
NOTE: THIS IS NOT A THINKGIRL PETITION. IT WAS CREATED BY MELISSA SPATZ AND ANN RUSSO, WHO ARE NOT AFFILIATED WITH TG.
Please click the link and sign.
This is what I do. I’m a white feminist. I blog on race and politics. I believe that we have to look beyond gender and race and understand that everyone’s experience is multi-layered. At the same time, we have to look into gender and race, working within those constructs to find the commonalities that will open conversations without which we cannot hope to bring about change.