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A judge rules that stop-and-frisk practices demonstrated a widespread disregard of the fourth amendment.

Why the pro-choice movement should talk more about children.

A Tennessee judge doesn’t separate church and state in baby naming.

Racial attacks on President Obama have “resurfaced.” Did they ever go away?

Switzerland apologizes to Oprah. The entire nation.

#SolidarityisforWhiteWomen is trending nationally on Twitter.

SYREETA MCFADDEN is a Brooklyn based writer, photographer and adjunct professor of English. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, The Guardian, BuzzFeed, The Huffington Post, Religion Dispatches and Storyscape Journal. She is the managing editor of the online literary magazine, Union Station, and a co-curator of Poets in Unexpected Places. You can follow her on Twitter @reetamac.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/cadedebois/ Cade DeBois

    This #Solidarityis forWhiteWomen thing is fascinating. Feminists of color don’t like it when people of color are treated like “special interest topics” by white feminists, huh? Yeah, I dig that, seeing I get treated like a special interest topic by feminists, both white and WoC, because I’m disabled and autistic. I and other disabled women also get treated like we’re not truly, really women, or that our problems are not really “women’s issues”–something I know WoC often experience too. Curious parallels–you’d think feminists would noticed them! Yet instead, I have had feminists, both white and WoC, try to tell me things like how I can’t date or shouldn’t have kids, or presume to make other life choices for me. Crazy, huh? And you thought that making-life-choices-for-other-women obnoxiousness was limited to just white feminists griping about female circumcision, hijabs and burkas! I don’t know where people get the idea that they can make those choices for other people but you able-bodied feminists sure like to make them for us disabled folks! All. The. Time. And I bet you don’t even notice you do it. Ah, privilege!

    I’ve also seen both white feminists and feminists of color give lesbians, queers, trans people and anyone else who doesn’t fit into their whites vs PoC feminist model similar crap. Hell, I have even called this very blog out in the past for treating us “others” as special interests rather than as, you know, WOMEN. But you’re all wiser about that now, right? And so the next time some feminist* on Twitter tells a disabled person she can’t date or have kids because it’s “irresponsible” or otherwise offensive to that feminist’s personal, able-bodied worldview, you all are going have our backs right? We’ll have a #SolidarityisforAbleBodiedWomen hashtag fest, yeah? And we’re all going be so much more aware of how you cannot deduce a person down to one convenient aspect of their experience, like their race, to suit whatever butthurt you’re feeling that day!

    (*even if said feminist happens to be a WoC, like one who once told me and other autistics on Twitter we shouldn’t date or pursue relationships because we’re too defective for that)

    Seriously, people, Hugo Schwyzer is a toxic sociopath and anything coming from him or from someone trying to one-up him at his game is going to be toxic. Not sure why we think this hashtag is a good thing. Well, I certainly don’t, by hey, I’m just some disabled, austistic woman. I’m practically invisible in these “who’s the real feminists” disputes and all you able-bodied feminists have no pressing reason to listen to me. Privilege is nice like that.