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Did white feminists fail to defend Quvenzhane Wallis?

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  1. Posted February 28, 2013 at 11:04 pm | Permalink

    yeah. i was really disappointed with a lot of feminist response to the quvenzhané wallis tweet, including the one from maryann johanson that was posted here yesterday. she got so caught up in how the onion was really making feminist commentary that it was like she had forgotten that this is about a little girl. i just can’t imagine a joke like that even being within the realm of possibility for, say, abigail breslin.

    • Posted March 1, 2013 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

      Honestly, I don’t know which is worse: When there is little to no outrage, or when they try to defend it.

  2. Posted March 1, 2013 at 9:53 am | Permalink

    I actually read a lot of outrage from feminists. Jezebel was pissed, so was Feministing (obviously). And I read another article, forget where – of course, that compared the outrage over Quvenzhane Wallis comment to how Honey Boo Boo (who is 7, right?) is treated in the media and by comedians. The more we talk about intersectionality, the better though – and xojane should have never tried to defend the tweet. Especially since The Onion, which walks that line pretty well normally, apologized for crossing the line.

  3. Posted March 1, 2013 at 10:27 am | Permalink

    All of these are serious problems that should absolutely not be overlooked – each link presents very valid points, especially the one about Miss Wallace.

    But blaming anyone, especially a racial group, doesn’t do anything to help address the problem of racism. Racism doesn’t go one way.

    White privilege is a problem, yes. Even among the feminist community, and it is something that needs to be addressed. But almost an entire post (3/5 links) about white feminists not doing anything, white privilege, etc….? That’s not going to motivate anyone.

    Just some thoughts.

    • Posted March 1, 2013 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

      Let me get this straight: People have been raising concerns about white feminists not responding or at worst defending defamatory language against a little Black girl, and the best thing you can come up with is, “Whoah, there! Let’s go easy on the white people! We wouldn’t want to hurt their feelings”?

    • Posted March 1, 2013 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

      I am at the very least now strongly motivated to avoid Businessweek, for whatever that’s worth.

    • Posted March 1, 2013 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

      I feel like to say that “racism doesn´t go one way” is to completely ignore history. As if the group that has historically held all the power needs protection from being called out on privilege as much as the oppressed group needs protection from being oppressed. Maybe that is not how you meant it but it sounds strange to me to say that racism or sexism goes both ways considering the reality of the power structures in our society.

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