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As a feminist, it’s probably no secret to you that mainstream feminism has historically focused on issues that have mattered most to straight, white, middle-class cisgender women.
You may have even learned all about the patriarchy and why it sucks. And you may understand that feminism isn’t actually about “man-hating” and that the f-word isn’t a dirty term.
But in 2018, when the U.S. president is threatening to ban Muslims and immigrants of color, strip LGBTQ+ people of their rights, and actively supports rampant police brutality—regular non-intersectional feminism just isn’t enough.
We need to decide now, more than ever: Do we want equality and justice for a select group or do we want it for everyone?
Let’s get real. Our work—on ourselves and with each other—isn’t anywhere near done and we actually still have a long way to go.
Adopting the word “feminist” is relatively simple, but practicing feminism in a dynamic and inclusive way is another matter entirely.
If we want to advance women’s rights, we must work to advance the rights of all women—that includes women of color, LGBTQ+ women, low-income women, immigrant women, disabled women, and women who are otherwise marginalized.
As a feminist, I’ve taken a vow to make sure my feminism is as intersectional and inclusive as possible and I want you to join me.
It may not be easy or come naturally to us at first, but I believe it is absolutely necessary and worthwhile.
I created Not That Kind of Feminist to complicate and add nuance to people’s common understandings of feminism, and I can’t wait for you to join me.
In this webinar you will:
- Learn about the history of intersectionality and the important figures who brought it to the forefront of our movements
- Examine current movements, such as #MeToo, body positivity, and reproductive justice and evaluate them through an intersectional lens
- Assess your own feminist advocacy and identify areas where your language, focus, and activism can be more inclusive
- Consider perspectives from different marginalized communities and how to incorporate them into your feminism without speaking over them
Course Leader, Creator of Feminist Fridays, and Social Media Manager at Everyday Feminism
Marina Watanabe identifies as a mixed race Japanese-American, a bisexual woman, a feminist, and a Ravenclaw. In 2014, Marina created Feminist Fridays, a weekly web series covering news in media, politics, and social justice from an intersectional perspective. While pursuing a degree in Women’s and Gender Studies, she realized the material she was studying was incredibly important but inaccessible to most people. Inspired by a desire to make academic feminism less elitist and more accessible, Feminist Fridays was born. Marina’s work covers topics ranging from mental health stigma to bi-erasure to cultural appropriation. She’s been featured on Upworthy, Bustle, Teen Vogue, Elle, Refinery29, and MTV Decoded. She’s also the Social Media Manager for Everyday Feminism. Check out Marina’s videos or follow her on Twitter @marinashutup!
“Her Feminist Fridays series has all the answers to the nagging questions you're afraid to ask about feminism from an intersectional perspective.” - Savonne Anderson, Mashable
“Marina stands strong with quick-wit, deadpan humor and a lot of sass, while working to create a safe and thoughtful place as a nose ring-clad feminist crusader. Marina is not only able to articulate extremely serious issues with depth and sincerity, but will also make you laugh your ass off.” - Bust Magazine
“Watanabe makes her highly researched and dense videos digestible by infusing them with wit and an overload of sass. Her content is [essential] in answering questions well-intentioned viewers are too nervous to ask about complex topics such as race or privilege. Being an ally isn’t something people are perfect at, and as Watanabe shows us in her videos, it’s something that takes both time and a willingness to connect with and better understand others.” - Carly Lanning, The Daily Dot
Letter from the Webinar Leader
As a gender studies graduate, the social media manager for Everyday Feminism, and creator of a feminist web series, I talk about feminism. A lot.
Often when I engage in feminist discourse, either personally or professionally, I end up critiquing white feminism.
One thing I’ve noticed when I use the term “white feminism” is that I’ll frequently receive pushback from white folks who think I’m targeting them. However, this is almost always based on a misunderstanding of the term.
When I call out white feminism, I’m not criticizing feminists simply for being white. What I am calling out is a specific brand of feminism that caters to and centers the experiences of white women (who are also typically abled, cishet, middle class, etc.).
Unfortunately, this type of feminism is the most readily accessible to the general public and what most people are familiar with. I want to change that.
I created this webinar with the intention of expanding folks’ common conceptions of feminism. I want to complicate what most people understand feminism to be and teach you how to incorporate an intersectional framework into your politics.
The women who make up the world don’t consist of a single narrative—so why should feminism?
Here are answers to some common questions, but contact us if you have others!