[T]he audience’s comments largely revealed the gimmick that western feminism is rapidly becoming. The audience was diverse, with a slight leaning toward young women in their late 20s or so. There was also an encouraging number of men, same age group, which confirms that millennials are the male feminist generation.

But sadly, the panelists may as well have been discussing the weather because the political nature of their discussion was largely lost during the Q & A. What was lost in political nature, was made up for in combative nature. Pretty much every comment started with the words, “As a…”. It usually continued with, “As a… trans, or as a… Muslim, or as a… lesbian…, as a…sex worker, or as a…”white American”. Basically, it’s the age of feminism where your background is in the foreground.

The feminist movement has two parallel predominant strands at the moment, and those strands are not divided across race, sexuality, ethnicity, religion or any other such factor. Instead, the clearest divide is between those feminists to whom feminism is a platform from which they can assert their personal and political labels. And those to whom feminism is a platform from which they can question both individual and collective personal and political labels.

Furthermore, the feminist movement is divided between ‘corporate feminism’, that is, feminism into which notable sums of money is pumped into, and ‘fringe feminism’ – which is, well, on the periphery of the mainstream. The two are conjoined, often because corporate feminism feeds off fringe feminism. And this is not altogether a negative thing. But the influential corporate feminism is one in which a great number of (usually white and/or middle class) women are blind to other oppressions that people face.

Source/ rest: msafropolitan.com