Feminism’s dilemma: When fictionalised violence trumps in real life abuse

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by Chimene Suleyman

It was cruel when sports writer Rebecca Griffin angrily tweeted, “When black women attack ‘white feminism’, they are forgetting who made it possible for them to have rights – as women. And, they are racist.” It was almost hard to believe this wasn’t a parody account. Was it even true? No, of course it wasn’t. Not with women like Sojourner Truth, Maria Stewart, Ida B Wells, the mothers, and grandmothers, and sisters of black women. But then it wasn’t intended as anything other than a jibe at black women’s capabilities, and even the most optimistic translation — that the most privileged women help other women, no matter what their race — didn’t sit well. It simply wasn’t true.

It wasn’t really worth taking seriously, crassness aside, it felt like the not-so-secret secret view that dominates mainstream chat about women: there are good feminists and bad…

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