The women in the above mentioned countries are women we must reach with the message of the affirmation of their humanity. But how is that going to be done if feminism should be mostly about woc, queer women, and the disabled? That is is the inherent problem that intersectionality doesn't address.
Let's put all of this in perspective through numbers.
There are just over 7 billion of us on this planet.
49.6 % of us are women.
That means around 3,5 billion people of the humans who are alive right now are women.
The United States has a population of 324.7 million.
50.6% are women.
That means that around 165 million people in the US are women.
So comparatively, the women who live in the US make up around 4,4% of the world's women.
Around 14% of the US population is black.
Around 3,5% identify as LGBQT.
Around 20% have a disability.
If we exclude overlapping, just under 30% of US population fits into these categories. The exact percentage of women is hard to tell, but if we estimate that around half are women, around 15% of US women fit in these three categories.
15% of 324 million is about 50 million.
That's a lot of people!
But compared to 3,500 000 000, it's vanishingly small.
It's less than 2%.
So, here's my question: if we make the interesections we find here in the US the guiding light of feminism, knowing fully well that a large portion of feminist material is produced here, how are we going to reach the people who don't understand or reject the identities we are so proud of? How can we affirm the humanity of the women who see everything that comes from the West as a corrupting influence they want nothing to do with? This is not an idle question. The mission of feminism is to affirm to humanity of ALL women, on a global level, and we must find a way to do so.
On the other hand, if we look at the US, what causes feminism to appear so white, so middle class, so straight? Could it be the fact that our neighborhoods are still largely segregated, people simply don't meet each other in daily life? If that is so, it is not a feminist issue, it has to with xenophobia and misoneism, and try as we might, we can't fix that through feminism. And perhaps intersectional feminism tried to give people an opportunity to talk about their experiences across the divide, and hopefully bring people together, but we can't build a movement on experiences. We can't have some say, "You don't know how I feel!" and take that to the women in India and tell them that if they only understand how this one person feels in the other side of the world, then they too can affirm their humanity. Feelings are good and needed, but they are not a foundation we can build a global feminist movement on. We need knowledge and understanding, something that unites us instead of separating us. White American women have a lot of listening to do, but that listening has to be done as white women, not as feminists.
Women are different all around the world, and it's a beautiful thing! But we all have one thing in common: we are all discriminated against based on our gender. That is the focus we should have to build a global feminism that is able to reach all women, regardless of their identity.
Before you leave here today, take a moment and get acquainted with the movie "It's a Girl" (to visit website, click here).
The battle against patriarchy lies here.