Feminism is a bunch of women joined together who share the same views speaking out, right? Yes and no. While most of that is right (yes, I have a point... just keep reading), many women do not share the same views on feminism. There are many different types of feminism, including white feminism. This term doesn’t describe white feminists. It describes the women who want equality for only white women, and not women of color.
A photo recently surfaced showing a white woman holding a sign saying that she doesn’t like white feminism. Most people were confused by this. The responses included “does she know she’s white” and other people blatantly were mad at her. Hate to break it to you, but she’s actually saying that she wants equality to all women.
While white feminism only fights to end a white woman’s struggles, intersectional feminism is the term used to describe the women (and men) who fight for all women’s struggles. Intersectional feminism makes an active effort to include all women. It includes anti-racism, anti-classism, anti-ableism, body-positivity and LGBTQ advocacy. It is a celebration of all people who struggle to be accepted as equal.
There are other types of feminism too. There is socialist and cultural feminism, and the most extreme in my opinion: radical feminism. Radical feminism is the idea that sexism is so deeply rooted in society and that the only way to eliminate it is to eliminate the concept of gender completely. Radical feminists want to find ways to have babies grow outside of a mother’s womb so she can continue working and not have to face unpaid maternity leave. While it sounds a bit over the top, there are people that believe it is the only way to end sexism.
The next type is socialist feminism. Socialism calls for major changes but isn’t as extreme as radical feminism. This movement calls for an end to capitalism through a socialist reformation of our economy. Basically, socialism says that men hold most of the power and money in the world and share their success with fellow men but not women, leaving women with less resources and opportunities.
And lastly, there's cultural feminism. This type of feminism commends the difference between men and women. It opposes radical feminism ideas and promotes feminine personalities. It sounds like it opposes feminism, but it actually does want equality. I believe it is the hardest to explain and I urge everyone to research the different types of feminism themselves because there are more types than the ones I mentioned. Each type is very complicated.
No matter what type of feminism you are involved in or believe, we all want change and equality.
By Nina Zobel