Feminism is everywhere nowadays, and it seems young celebrities in Hollywood have helped make being a feminist cool. But the "white feminist" subject is rarely discussed. Leave it to a proactive and outspoken 13-year-old girl to break down how the ins and outs intersectional feminism and why everyone — especially Latinas — should care.
That’s right, Girl Meets World star Rowan Blanchard is still making heads turn from her lengthy three-part Instagram post this past weekend. The teenage actress responded eloquently when asked about her personal opinion about feminism.
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“I have made a very big point at making sure my personal feminism includes everyone — and educating myself and discussing these topics have really helped,” Blanchard wrote.
“The way a black woman experiences sexism and inequality is different from the way a white woman experiences sexism and inequality. Likewise with trans-women and Hispanic women.”
In a nutshell, women of color face barriers that white women just do not have to deal with. For example, when it comes to pay inequality, the needle is only moving slightly forward for Latinas as they make 56 cents for every dollar that a white, non-Hispanic man makes. Among all minorities, Latinos are hit the hardest when it comes to pay inequality. It becomes a question of “Would this have happened to this colored woman if she were white?” Think police brutality and racial disparities, issues that directly affect people of color.
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This issue is not to say that those that fall under the white feminism category don’t have the right to complain about the barriers they face, but it does mean that the conversations surrounding inter-sectional feminism are still not part of bigger conversation, which ignores huge issues minorities face.
The upside: People are finally starting to pay attention to inter-sectional feminism. And, as the teenage actress said, “We need to be talking about this more. Discussion leads to change.”
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