Me, not you
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This chapter examines the history and literature of mainstream Western feminist activism against sexual violence. Both first and second waves of feminism, as well as the contemporary mainstream movement, have been dominated by class-privileged white women who also tend to be cisgender and non-disabled. The privileged whiteness of the mainstream movement has produced a one-dimensional focus on gender and patriarchy: the systems of racial capitalism and colonialism, which also shape violence against women, have been ignored. White feminism has also had two major outgrowths: carceral feminism and colonial feminism, which are inextricably linked. However, Black feminists and other feminists of colour have developed alternative literatures and politics based on resisting intersecting systems, which provide rich frameworks for analysis and action.

Me, not you

The trouble with mainstream feminism

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