where to even begin with this silly argument and all of the white/cis feminist think pieces that do backflips to justify Hillary's corporate & carceral "feminism" and why young people just aren't here for it!
1) Can people stop with the rampant ageism that both strips young people of our own capacities to make political judgements and understand the nature of our own oppression? Maybe it's not that young women "don't experience sexism anymore," but rather that young (white, cis, straight) women are increasingly recognizing that they must decenter their own victim narratives and actually support trans & queer liberation and racial justice for a more transformative and dynamic version of justice than meager white/cis feminism (which by the way has always been about equal opportunity to run the empire, never about ending patriarchy)
2) How are we still talking about "second wave feminism" without explicitly naming white supremacy and transmisogyny? I thought we understood now that second wave feminism was #tbt because its articulation of power only served the interests of the privileged few. Perhaps the reason young people aren't as interested in a political analysis that relies on the myth of a shared universal womanhood (read shared genitalia) because we know it actually doesn't make sense??? and invisibilizes the ways in which "sexism" is a tool of colonialism and transmisogyny???
3) When are we going to stop assuming that women should someone have some sort of sacred allegiance to Hillary? That association is (ironically) so sexist because it assumes that women only make decisions on the basis of their gender identities and not their politics and ideas about things like capitalism, policing, imperialism, genocide.
4) Feminist politics (as opposed to women's rights) have long given us the framework to understand how women can participate in misogyny against other women. It is totally possible for Hillary to be a woman and still support policies that disproportionately harm women! (like war, incarceration, poverty...)!
The list goes on! Ugh!
As we've mentioned, the Hillary v Bernie debate is heated over here at Womanist Expressions. But one thing we can agree on is that second wave white feminists with zero sense of intersectionality trying to shame young feminists into voting for Hillary is some wack ish. When this article by Kate Cronin-Furman & Mira Rapp-Hooper came out on vox.com implying that young women are disinterested in issues of gender inequality and don't care about women in leadership positions. Darkmatter, a non-binary, trans, South Asian artist collaboration between Alok Vaid-Menon and Janani Balasubramanian known for their activism and politically-charged writing and poetry, responded swiftly and critically to the article when they wrote:
Yaaaas. Truth to power. Let 'em know.
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