In this episode, we discuss the recent Women’s March in Washington (and across all seven continents) and explore what the (as-of-writing, almost 5 million participants globally) protest meant for feminism, in particular the topic of intersectional feminism. Our resident woke white woman Kate Walton is back to share her thoughtful insights and experiences as an intersectional feminist in Indonesia and elsewhere. We break down the impetus for the Women’s March in terms of it being a reaction not only to Donald Trump but also to the patriarchal environment & culture that allowed a misogynist like him to become the U.S. president. We also dissect the many criticisms lobbied towards the event, in particular how it started as a predominantly ‘white-feminist’ event, before eventually becoming more intersectional in nature (albeit clumsily). In doing so, we unpack what it means to be an intersectional feminist, which includes acknowledging difference, checking your privileges, and amplifying the voices of those who are oppressed — and this applies to all human beings alike! As an extension of this discussion, we also unpack what it means to be an ally in the intersectional sense. Finally, we want to make sure that, whilst we are glad the Women’s March became such a global event that surpassed anyone’s expectations for turnout and impact, the protest would be redundant if people don’t continue the fight afterward!
For those interested in learning more about the topic, we’ve provided links to resources as well as other recommended readings.
Why Misogyny Won — the sexist patriarchal wave that brought Trump to the White House
Guiding Vision and Definition of Principles — courtesy of Women’s March
Donald Trump protests: Washington leads global rallies — courtesy of BBC
Race And Feminism: Women’s March Recalls The Touchy History — courtesy of NPR
Asking Hard Questions About Intersectionality with the Women’s March — who is being represented?
To understand the Women’s March on Washington, you need to understand intersectional feminism — courtesy of Vox
Intersectional Feminism — courtesy of Everyday Feminism
Remember to Check Your Privilege — why intersectional feminism demands you to ask the hard questions
The Women’s March against Trump matters – but only if we keep fighting — the fight goes on!