Anonymous asked: what's your opinion on the idea that white people shouldn't call themselves intersectional feminists
i have zero opinions on this. no but really tho i have no opinion other than… people should find better things to do with their time than write theses on why white ppl shouldn’t call themselves intersectional feminists.
i’m of the opinion that no one should call themselves intersectional feminists because it’s a major dilution (and you could say neoliberal reaction) to the original theory as proposed by Crenshaw. or rather, anyone *can* feasibly “identify as” an intersectional feminist, but its as useless as a identifying as an ally.
intersectionality theory is a method of interrogating and parsing patriarchy and white supremacy for the intersecting race and gender identities of women of color. you can say that you’re taking an intersectional analysis of xyz issue, or approach some situation from an intersectional viewpoint. but you cannot “identify as” a methodology for understanding identities.
and once you “identify” as intersectional, you make intersectionality static, an immutable part of your individuality instead of a constant interrogation of your approach to oppression. thats why i compared it to identifying as an ally to LGTBQ people; it’s not a matter of *being* “an ally” or “an intersectional feminist”, it’s a matter of *doing* allyship, of doing intersectional analysis.
furthermore intersectionality like other methodologies is not immune from criticism. notably absent from Crenshaw’s article Mapping the Margins where she coined the term is an analysis of capitalism, which is a frequent issue with praxis of the 80s and 90s, which effectively defanged the “liberation” politics of the 60s and 70s to ones of “empowerment”
so this theory itself, while extremely important, was already on board the neoliberalization of radical politics (Mapping the Margins was published 1989). so how does modern day popular conception of intersectionality theory relegate it to pure neoliberal social justice then? people start misusing the theory and applying it to class.
class is *not* an identity, it is a positionality defined by exploitation in a social order. and if you subscribe to marxism, then you think that the emancipation of the working class will end capitalism via the working class becoming the ruling class. when capitalism is ended, there will be no socioeconomic order for white heteropatriarchy to enact oppression through. capitalism is the air which carries the soundwaves of other oppressions; where there is no air—-and thus no vehicle/substance for soundwaves to travel through—-there is no sound.
and lastly i’m not saying intersectionality theory is moot, it’s actually very good at explaining patterns of oppression. whether or not it has its place in anti-capitalist liberation is a different conversation (though im of the stance that it absolutely does).
If you ever notice I post really wordy shit first thing in the morning that’s in response to something from the night before it’s because I think about it in the shower and basically draft it in my head and then I have to write it before I finish getting ready for work.