Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Solidarity Is For White Women (But It Doesn't Have To Be)

I've been discussing the #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen hashtag over on Jezebel for the better part of two days now, and I've noticed that a lot of people had been replying to me in the threads to say that they didn't know, or didn't really understand what happened with this Hugo Schwyzer debacle, so I figured I'd compile all the best links I could find and post them into one spot (off the Gawker server) so people can browse them as they see fit. 

First, a (slightly edited) summary, from the comment I posted on Jezebel's pitiful response of an article: 
Basically Hugo Schwyzer wormed his way into feminist spaces and used white feminists as a shield against criticism for his racism from WoC. Feminist WoC complained, Hugo blackballed and harassed them, and the WoC were labelled troublemakers for making a fuss. 
Come to find, last week HS basically has a meltdown on twitter, and admits that Yes! He is a racist, misogynistic fuck, and he knew it the whole time! He lied to everybody! 
So now, all the white led spaces that ignored WoC's protests are faced with having to deal with the metaphorical jizz on their face, (for empowerment, naturally) from having been TOLD repeatedly by feminist WoC, that he was harmful to feminist spaces and specifically to WoC, and choosing to side with an abuser.
And continue with the the following:
The links aren't in chronological order or in order of escalation unfortunately, but together they give a pretty comprehensive view of everything that's happened in the last two days I think. If you have found other links, let me know and I'll add them to the list.

I'm really glad that so many people seemed to be willing to have this discussion even if the editors at Jezebel, XOJane and The Atlantic aren't. I'd also encourage you to engage Mikki Kendall (who started the hashtag) directly on twitter if you have any other questions or concerns I guess. I mean, I can answer stuff from my perspective, but she started this, andI don't want to speak for  her if I can avoid it. Anyway, happy* reading!

*By happy, I mean I hope you don't puke.


  1. Regarding intersectional feminism (and all other critical perspective lenses available) It is important to remember our (feminists) primary focus/thought. That is, that as feminists, we believe people (because feminism is for everybody) are both unfairly represented (by keeping to stereotypes) and underrepresented (by lacking variety) by our cultural mediums (e.g. tv, magazines, literature, etc.) . When this primary focus/thought is upheld then feminists can truly come together to create honest worthwhile change in America and eventually the world.

  2. Thank you Ninjacat for educating the rest of us who are sadly not as well informed or aware as we should be from Australia. You are right in what you say.

  3. Hi. I'm not familiar with Hugo Schwyzer's writings but I am familiar with Jezebel. The few articles I have read, I find myself at odds with. I kept looking at it and seeing it as American-centric. I think though, if the writers are coming solely from their position, it would be nice if they would clearly state that and invite different views and links to different positionalities. Such as, my skin is white, my mothers family is Jewish-Swedish, my fathers family is Maltese. I identify as a TransTasman AusKiwi because I was born in Australia and spent most of my life in New Zealand. I'm able-bodied. Female identified and born with xx chromosomes. I am working class at best. I view through my own lens but attempt to identify intersectional issues as much as possible. This is a lifetime journey of learning and I lay no claim to know within myself experiences I have never had. I invite viewpoints that can ofger different perspectives beyond my own.

    Would you consider something along these lines to be a good way for writers to address privelege?


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