This critique is not new One of the pieces in Guy Sheftalls collection The

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the concerns of the most privileged women, it will suffer from superficial frivolity. This critique is not new. One of the pieces in Guy- Sheftall’s collection, “The Black Movement and Women’s Liberation,” written by Linda La Rue, a member of the Third World Women’s Alliance, seems to respond directly to the mainstream’s Friedan-esque type of feminism that focuses on women with privilege: “Is there any logical comparison between the oppression of the black woman on welfare who has difficulty feeding her children and the discontent of the suburban mother who has the luxury to protest the washing of the dishes on which her family’s full meal was
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41 consumed?” (173). Laurie Penny echoes this sentiment in her book Unspeakable Things: Sex, Lies and Revolution : The feminism that sells is the sort of feminism that can appeal to almost everybody while challenging nobody, feminism that soothes, that speaks for and to the middle class, aspirational feminism that speaks of shoes and shopping and sugar-free snacks and does not talk about poor women, queer women, ugly women, transsexual women, sex workers, single parents, or anybody else who fails to fit the mould. This quote appears in an article entitled “‘Feminism Lite’ is Letting Down the Women Who Need it the Most” by Antony Loewenstein and is a reminder to all feminists that though we all have our different concerns, those of the most privileged should not steer the agenda for feminist liberation. Why are we still dealing with racism and sexism today after so much theory and scholarship has been produced to make people aware of such problems? There is a plethora of information regarding the interlinking of oppression across lines of race, gender, and sexuality. The history of the mainstream feminist movement can be understood as white feminist domination in three waves. Women of Color feminists and scholars have provided extensive intellectual and emotional labor to support the uplift of all genders, sexualities, social classes, and races yet racism and white supremacy continue to permeate mainstream U.S. institutions, systems of governance, and interpersonal/community relations. Despite the work of many scholars, activists, intellectuals, and community members, there seems to be insurmountable barriers to achieving a common understanding around oppression. Privileged groups do not recognize the injustice behind their access to power and resources. Inequity continues along historic structures of identity to maintain the subjugation of particular groups in order to secure
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42 the power of privileged groups. This report is meant to provide ample evidence for the centering of women of Color and other marginalized women within the mainstream feminist movement. Kimberlé Crenshaw created intersectionality theory in 1989 with the idea that Black women’s positionality is best able to challenge all forms of discrimination because they experience a compounded discrimination on behalf of, at the very least, their race and gender (145). Crenshaw wrote in her original treatise on intersectionality: “when they enter, we all enter” (167). The meaning of this
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