Unapologetic progressive. Fearless activist. Plucky liberal.

No, not me personally. But I found S.E. Smith’s Why I’m Leaving Feminism on Wednesday via Twitter. Smith says:

So many disabled people, nonwhite people, transgender people, people of colour, poor people, adamantly refuse to identify with feminism in its current incarnation in the United States. ‘Feminists’ talk about this in the sense that we’re all really feminist in how we think, behave, and act, we just have some irrational resistance to the label. No, we’re not really feminist. The model of feminism we see is one where oppression perpetrated in the name of ‘activism’ is acceptable, where casual ableism, racism, classism, transphobia run so deep that many of us don’t even bother to point it out anymore. The model of feminism we see is one where a handful of people profit at the expense of others. And that’s not how we think, behave, and act. That is not what we believe.

Smith thinks mainstream feminism has failed at intersectionality so she no longer wants to be a part of that. I share her disappointment and I hope I don’t end up making that same declaration one day. I still believe feminism can help solve a lot of the problems she mentions, although I am not a part of mainstream feminism and maybe that’s why I remain optimistic. Coincidentally, today Ms. published a blog post titled What Would an Intersectional Women’s History Month Look Like? Feminists need to ask ourselves more questions like this and work to make sure the movement is accessible to everyone who could benefit from it.


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