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What Kind of Feminist ARE You, Anyway?
We’re kicking of QWOC WEEK with a one-of-a-kind networking event for local area feminists, womanists, afrofeminists, and non-profit professionals/activists who love them! We want to highlight and remember why QWOC+ Boston started: to empower and increase visibility for WOMEN.
We asked a few of our organizers to share their viewpoints on feminism below — whether they claimed feminism or womanism or both or neither; how they learned about it, etc.
“I don’t use any of those terms to describe myself because there are parts to each one I do not identify with. For feminism, it is the history of white feminism. For Womanist, it is the connection to theology. What I am is very aware of the oppression women of color face because I am a woman of color. Also my education was centered around the United States’ history so when discussing oppression it was very focused on women, people of color, and immigrants, and the every changing “other”. So the organizing work I do revolves on those intersecting identities. Call it what you want. I’m concerned with oppression period.” – Ana C.
“I do call myself a feminist, but it took me a while to feel comfortable with the word. I always associated it with white women, rallies and protests- issues that never felt real to me. But female empowerment/visibility has always been important in my life. My version of feminism looks like my mother working and making her way through school while raising 3 kids – or not focusing on house and husband (gasp!) It’s my friends – male and female included- having conversations in the kitchen/a bus stop/after a movie about the shit we deal with every day or checking and challenging each other on what we believe. It’s me being loud about what it means to be me in my own skin.” – Yari G.
“When I was in high school, I used to call myself a “people-ist” – a person who gave a damn about people. I guess I would call myself a feminist now, but I think I’m too uninformed to really put any sort of title on myself. Every title is so loaded – what’s the difference between a womynist or a womanist or a wombynist? At the end of the day, I don’t want to get caught up in words or phrases or titles. The meaning is what’s important and for me, I care about every person. I care about every person: transgendered, female, male, genderfucked, bisexual, lesbian, queer, black, Asian, Latina – EVERYONE – being treated with respect, dignity, and equality. So, right now, I’m still learning about all this. Meanwhile, I’m good with working toward a belief, regardless of a title.” – Erika T
“I call myself an Afrofeminist because I’m as loud and as militant about gender equality and anti-homophobia in POC and/or male-dominated spaces as when I am with other open-minded, progressives (or privileged conference circles). I’m willing to risk awkward silences whenever I “check” friends in my Nigerian/African/International circles on their homophobia, just as I’m willing to risk losing solidarity under an umbrella issues such as racism by calling out men of color if they happen to be sexist. I’m feminist in Nigerian spaces, in immigrant spaces, in black spaces, in queer spaces — everywhere, not just at conferences, constantly fighting for and against everyone.
“Feminism” will ALWAYS be a word I learned “after I arrived in America”, and thus it’s also been just as important to me to stay conscious of the multiple cultural contexts via which I communicate. At the end of the day, if my parents in Nigeria don’t understand what the heck I’m saying, then I’m doing something wrong.” – Adaora A
How would you describe YOUR personal brand of feminism?