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Mainstream feminists rarely talk about meeting basic needs as a feminist issue, argues Mikki Kendall, but food insecurity, access to quality education, safe neighborhoods, a living wage, and medical care are all feminist issues. All too often, however, the focus is not on basic survival for the many, but on increasing privilege for the few. That feminists refuse to prioritize these issues has only exacerbated the age-old problem of both internecine discord, and women who rebuff at carrying the title. Moreover, prominent white feminists broadly suffer from their own myopia with regard to how things like race, class, sexual orientation, and ability intersect with gender. How can we stand in solidarity as a movement, Kendall asks, when there is the distinct likelihood that some women are oppressing others? In her searing collection of essays, Mikki Kendall takes aim at the legitimacy of the modern feminist movement arguing that it has chronically failed to address the needs of all but a few women.
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Black Feminist Thought Chapters 11 & 12
Dr. Patricia Hill Collins
Published in 1990, Black Feminist Thought is an all-access reader that provides a comprehensive view and understanding of Black Feminist Thought and subsequently, Black Feminist Practice. The text has become an essential reading for Black women and remains a staple text in academic settings around the world. Collins’ groundbreaking text established a new standard for those who were interested and invested in crafting and understanding a theoretical framework for Black womens’ lived experiences. Collins’ is unapologetic in her claims that propel the book forward, one of the most notable being that Black culture and many of its most treasured traditions, are rooted in the oppression of Black women. Upon its release, Black Feminist Thought was regarded as the text that propelled the conversations surrounding Black feminism and conceptualizing Black women’s daily lived experiences. Black Feminist Thought synthesized a large body of knowledge that is especially crucial in altering the perspectives of the situations Black women face on the basis of their race, gender, class and other aspects of their identity.