There’s been a lot of recent discussion about the cause of feminism and whether it can progress – or should be allowed to progress – if it only serves the needs of some women and leaves the problems of others up to other movements. The issue has reared its head over and over for decades, as the white middle and upper class women in positions of power in the movement forgot to educate themselves and get passionate about the entirely different sets of issues facing women who didn’t share their privileges.
We here at Hathor believe feminism must serve the needs of all women. We acknowledge that this is a tall order; we ourselves are struggling, as a multi-ethnic group of feminists coming from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives, to realize this goal. And of course feminists are going to make mistakes along the way. But every time we realize someone’s getting left behind, we have to feel the desire to get them caught back up. We have to care and not get defensive. That is solidarity, and without it, feminism can achieve nothing.
This post is both a public statement of solidarity and a series of personal challenges. We at Hathor are committed to public acts of feminist analysis. We challenge ourselves – and others – to make these acts anti-racist, and inclusive of all women, as well.