51 posts tagged feminism
“The successes that dominate the mainstream narrative on feminism largely center on the most privileged of American women, even when the consequences affect the most marginalized. And while symbolic successes are important, it’s more crucial that feminist actions make a difference in real women’s lives.”
“On election day, the backlash against GOP extremism along with smart organizing by feminists culminated not only in women being the majority of the electorate but also in an 18 percent gender gap—the largest in reported history.”
Except white women still overwhelmingly voted for Romney alongside white men. The “gender gap” was more accurately a race gap. So why is the narrative being pushed that women as a whole beat out those terrible white men? This was a victory of minorities over whites. From the link:
While the overall gender gap played a significant role in ensuring Obama’s reelection, it didn’t have very much to do with white women, who remain one of the bulwarks of the Republican Party.
That image that’s been going around showing how the election would have turned out if only white men had voted? It would have looked the same if it included white women. Check the exit polls. The majority of white women and men voted for Romney, the majority of PoC regardless of gender voted for Obama. Stop stealing the credit, white feminism.
I agree. Hence, from the article: “Despite the well-reported gender gap, it turns out that white women as a whole voted for Romney. It was women of color who brought it home for Democrats and President Obama.”