Political whiteness
in Me, not you
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This chapter explores further how the domination of contemporary mainstream feminism by privileged white women shapes the movement’s politics. It introduces the central concept of the book – ‘political whiteness’. This is an orientation and mode of action that involves a number of characteristics: narcissism and an emphasis on personal pain, a preoccupation with sexualised threat which expresses colonial histories and values, and a ‘will to power’ which tends to produce demands for punitive state remedy. The chapter argues that this political whiteness provides a point of connection between mainstream anti-sexual violence feminism and the backlash: centring race puts us in the uncomfortable position of noticing similarities between progressive and reactionary politics dominated by white people.

Me, not you

The trouble with mainstream feminism

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