I wrote this post a while ago but it’s still a very important message and something that all of us here at Serenity believe in.
I don’t know how many of you are familiar with the speech that Patricia Arquette gave last year at the Oscars but in her speech she said:
“So the truth is, even though we sort of feel like we have equal rights in America, right under the surface, there are huge issues that are applied that really do affect women. And it’s time for all the women in America and all the men that love women, and all the gay people, and all the people of color that we’ve all fought for to fight for us now.”
This part of the speech ended up causing controversy because when you read it, it sounds like she’s saying that the fight for people of color and for the LGBTQ community are over and that it’s time to move on. It doesn’t seem like women of color or LGBTQ women are included in the group that she is encouraging us to fight for.
Of course afterward she sent out a bunch of tweets that stating that the fight was for “ALL women” but… it was an afterthought. If she had said that during the speech or simply said that she was misunderstood then all of this would have blown over much more quickly. And yes, it is important to state the importance of intersectionality because some people with privilege don’t always think about it. That doesn’t mean that its their fault, they just may not have had to think about it. However, intersectionality is important and needs to be talked about.
Moral of the story: If you claim to be a feminist (and you should) then make sure that you’re fighting for everyone and not just the people who look like you.