Intersectionality In Women's Movements

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Arguably, one of the most significant problems within women’s movements has been the one of intersectionality. Groups are often marginalized and silenced in a movement that is supposed to be fighting for the equality and justice for all women. An analysis of “The Social Basis of the Woman Question” by Alexndra Kollontai and “Across the Kitchen Table: A Sister-to-Sister Dialoge” by Barbara and Beverly Smith brings forth a couple of common themes: the role upper class women play in women’s movements and differing views of men according to a woman’s privilege. The range of topics of the pieces themselves spark an analysis of intersectionality, as Barbara and Beverly Smith take the discussion much further with examinations of race and sexuality that Kollantai did not mention. One key belief that both pieces address is that upper class women are both dominating and problematic in women’s movements. Kollontai discusses how…show more content…
Race is intertwined in every issue discussed in “Across the Kitchen Table” because for women of color, race is something that affects every single part of their life. Barbara and Beverly Smith note that black women know oppression from birth, but white women experience “clicks” or experiences that make them realize that certain oppressions exist. White women do not have to deal with oppression all the time the way black women do. They discuss how a white, middle class, female can “live a so-called ‘nice’ life” for a while before they even start having these “clicks” (Smith, 115). This all just shows the importance of giving black women a voice in the women’s movement. Black women and other women of color are dealing with things that white women have never even thought about, so there is no way that a women’s movement led primarily by white, middle class women can actually effectively fight for the rights of all women; it cannot even claim that in good

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