Rowe-Funkbeiner, "A Tsunami in History" from the F-Word; Feminism in Jeopardy
Reading the first article made me raise questions about race in the Feminism world. I don’t exactly consider myself a feminist because of that matter. I do consider myself a womanist, which is a type of feminism but concerning racial and gender oppression of our black women. On page 26, ___ states, “Many allege that the second wave represented mainly the concerns of middle and upper class white women,” and it’s just that. Even now there is a difference between “white feminism” and “black feminism”. Most middle class white women now in the third wave are not as discriminated against as black women still are. In the passage on page 27, Susan Brownmiller responded to the question of, “Do you think women of color were excluded in the second wave?” and she responded with something along the lines of, “Definitely not, but they were “torn” because of civil rights issues with black men.” I thought that statement was complete bullshit. What is feminism? It’s equality among all gender, sexual orientation, skin color, ethnicity, religion, culture, or lifestyle, right? So why wouldn’t civil rights be included? In the third wave of feminism today, some, not all are more concerned about things like “Free the Nipple” instead of more important problems at hand. I do understand the frustration of the female body being sexualized by man when breasts are just breasts and nothing more, but there’s more to it. We as women should not be fighting to prove that we are better than men, but to fight to prove that we are more than capable to work along side men as equals in all sense to the word.