I believe this is typical in any male-dominated industry. I didn’t sign up to play ‘identity politics’ but I do not have a choice. I am not the one making the rules of the game. I would prefer to call it ‘reality’ instead of identity politics.
Things are changing, but I think the choice of challenging is a lot more difficult that it seems.
I want to hold every human being accountable to actively fight for equality. The onus needs to be put on people of all genders to nurture our girls and keep them safe. Men need to learn to empathise with us, just like we are expected to default to their experience in every aspect of society. I feel so much hope here, though. I see the new generation of boys growing up and treating our women with the most equality we have been allotted yet. I see all genders rejecting any norms that get in the way of them feeling like themselves. It’s beautiful.
Here is where we must actively choose to challenge, and what I understand this call to action to really mean.
The passivity of white feminism; the lack of intersectionality must be challenged. How can I expect my fellow men to stand up and challenge those that harm me, if I do not do the same for women of colour? Or our LGBTQ+ siblings? The civil rights movement of 2020 did create a dialogue about the importance of feminism being accessible to all of us, but should it take that for us to start living in reality? Again, it should not be a choice to learn about this, it is just inherently the truth – the reality that inequality runs rampant through all communities with many intersecting layers of oppression. I feel like we white women are cosplaying solidarity warriors, posting infographics on Instagram to display our wokeness. We demand it of our siblings that encompass the umbrella of feminism, but then we let it snap shut when they need solidarity in return. We feel sorrow for the lack of empathy we find from men, yet we let the intersection of racism and misogyny conveniently fade away.