Why Intersectionality?

This blog is a place that hopes to provide a safe space for those of us who are ‘othered’ by mainstream Australian feminism.

We are a group of women frustrated by the focus on white upper middle class women by prominent Australian feminists and mainstream media who say their focus is Australian feminism.  It simply is not.

That Australian feminism which focuses on increasing female representation on company boards, for example, is one type of feminism, but it isn’t that of the majority and it isn’t ours.

We are the Australian majority.  Our focus is wide-ranging.  We are the diverse majority.

We are sick of constantly pointing out the racism, ableism, heteronormativism and classism that is not only apparent but rampant in Australian feminism. We are also sick of the hypocrisy when some Australian feminists want us to stop pointing out their privilege and then question the value of intersectionality within feminism and our right to speak for ourselves.  

You may not agree with us, and that’s ok, but we’re going to call out Australian feminists that pretend to speak for us, “the diverse majority”, whenever & wherever we see it.

To start, check out this great article in today’s UK Telegraph by Ava Vidal on why you should care about intersectionality.

Plus a funny to end the week from the awesome Aamer Rahman on reverse racism:

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12 thoughts on “Why Intersectionality?

  1. Linda

    As a Australian feminist with a CALD background, I can relate to the feelings of exclusion that this blog is aiming to remedy. That’s why an outlet like this is great. My only concern is that our commonalities as feminists, regardless of our ethnicity or socio-economic status should be first and foremost celebrated and encouraged. I am a little concerned that an over emphasis on our differences may detract from the important work of creating solidarity amongst all women. Check out Corinne Grant’s article for some fantastic feminist writing: http://thehoopla.com.au/feminist-looks-like/

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  2. theriverfed

    Hi Linda,

    I value others sharing their different perspectives and I don’t think that can in any way be considered to detract from the work of feminism. I find solidarity suspect as an aim and dangerous as a methodology.

    I think we can move in and out of ‘unity’ on a case by case basis, according to our own priorities and principles. I am not ‘all women’ and I can not be. To make consensus a part of our bases for determining what is important – to expect consensus – is to fail from the start.

    I reserve the right to my own judgement. And I look forward to improving that judgement by engaging here, both in agreement and disagreement.

    I look forward to learning, and unlearning.

    Consensus is antithetical to liberation in my view.

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    1. Linda

      Wow, that is a different perspective that I have not really thought about. Coming from a unionist background solidarity is very important to me and it is interesting to hear your perspective on it. Good on you for getting this blog started and I’m sure that there will be some great discussions and debates in the future.

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  3. intersectionalitytimes Post author

    Hi Linda & theriverfed

    Thanks for your comments. We have the same concerns as you, unfortunately the behaviour of some feminists to having their privilege pointed out has been, to say the least, disappointing – hence the tone of our blog BUT we look forward to working with everyone.

    Glad your excited about our blog! We’re excited as well.

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  4. Tori

    I would like to learn more about intersectionality (as one of the privileged white, middle class, hetero feminists). Will more than one person be contributing to the blog? If so, it might be useful to indicate who is writing and/or commenting? Just a thought. Thanks for your work in setting it up – looking forward to reading.

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  5. intersectionalitytimes Post author

    Hi there Tori,

    Thanks for the suggestion. No decision as yet, but we’ll let you know.

    We’re pretty excited about the blog as well. Oh, we will be having a Intersectionality 101 post coming soon.

    Cheers.

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