Things are looking good for the future of feminism in Hollywood.
Girl Meets World actress Rowan Blanchard, 13, is leading the next generation, and she’s starting with an incredible thorough and insightful breakdown of modern feminism on her Tumblr.
She wrote the post to answer a fan, who wrote to her, “Row, i wanted to ask your opinion on the term ‘white feminism’ and how common feminism might exclude women of color and non cis/queer women (ex: women are stonger bc they have periods! or men dont have to think about how they dress when in public!)”
Blanchard responded with an in-depth explanation of how feminism is interpreted differently by people of all races and genders and said that all of those voices are important to bring to the discussion.
“‘White feminism’ forgets all about intersectional feminism,” she wrote. “The way a black woman experiences sexism and inequality is different from the way a white woman experiences sexism and inequality. Likewise with trans-women and Hispanic women. While white women are making 78 cents to the dollar, Native American women are making 65 cents, black women are making 64 cents, and Hispanic women are making 54 cents. Kimberlé Crenshaw said it perfectly in 1989 when she said ‘The view that women experience oppression in varying configurations and in varying degrees of intensity. Cultural patterns of oppression are not only interrelated, but are bound together and influenced by the intersectional systems of society. Examples of this include race, gender, class, ability, and ethnicity.’ This includes trans women especially, who have been robbed of their souls when they are told they are not ‘real women’ It is SO important to protect trans women and trans youth as they are incredibly at risk when it comes to sexual assault and hate crimes. People also seem to forget that black women are victims of police violence too- from Sandra Bland to India Clarke- a trans woman who was beaten to death in Florida just a month ago.”
Blanchard ends her post by saying, “To only acknowledge feminism from a one sided view when the literal DEFINITION is the equality of the sexes is not feminism at all. We need to be talking about this more. Discussion leads to change. Xo, Row.”