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to her own white privilege, just as men have been completely desensitized to their own male privilege. The status of a ‘white woman’ has been assumed by society to represent the ‘ideal’ life or representation of a woman, and the same goes for white men. This creates a hierarchy of superiority, in which white men are subconsciously placed at the top. This hierarchy is also mentioned in Audre Lorde’s “There is no Hierarchy of Oppression”, where if we start to rank the oppressions of people who are oppressed, we only reinforce and stabilize the hierarchy that puts these advantaged peoples (white men) at the top in the first place. 4. Gender Gender is the process that society uses to say certain actions, preferences, or qualities belong to ‘women’ or to ‘men’, and these qualities are always fluctuating and are socially constructed. This is very significant because there are many people who do not identify as one of the socially accepted binary genders: “male” or
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“female”, as well as many cultures that do not have the concept of only binary genders as well. The reading “If Men Could Menstruate” by Gloria Steinem also discusses how societally constructed ideas of “penis-envy” put the idea of a man on a pedestal, and create the false misconception that most women would take the opportunity to become a socially superior “man” if they were given it. In “Beating Anorexia and Gaining Feminism” Marni Grossman discusses how her battle with societal expectations of feminine beauty drove her to an anger-fueled discovery of feminism, and of the varying expectations that are societally placed and projected upon people of different genders. Although we are feminists and lesbians, we feel solidarity with progressive black men and do not advocate the fractionalization that white women who are separatists demand. Our situation as black people necessitates that we have solidarity around the fact of race, which white women of course do not need to have with white men, unless it is their negative solidarity as racial oppressors. We struggle together with black men against racism, while we also struggle with black men about sexism. 5. “The personal is political” The personal is political is the argument used in the 1960’s by multiracial feminists and other second wave feminists to describe how personal experience, disadvantage, and oppressions are reflective of larger societal patterns, and simply addressing these issues on a ‘personal’ level will never be able to address their societal roots. There is no definitive source or creator of the phrase ‘personal is political’ as it has been attributed to many women throughout years of ‘consciousness raising sessions’, and many feminists such as Kerry Burch argue that assigning an author to the phrase would be akin to assigning an author to the phrase ‘World War II’. This concept is addressed in great length in “A Black Feminist Statement” by The Combahee River Collective, which discusses how personal aggressions experienced by black women, such as assault,
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