White feminism as war machine
in Me, not you
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This chapter explores the feminist movement’s ‘will to power’ in more depth. It focuses on the anger expressed in campaigns such as #MeToo and interventions such as the Women’s March, heightened in an ‘age of anger’ produced by economic uncertainties and political shifts. This chapter asks what happens when feminist anger is channelled through whiteness, which is a position of structural power. It argues that although women’s anger is powerful, when channelled through whiteness it can also be damaging, especially in a context in which white people ‘taking back control’ has come to the fore. It produces a focus on retribution and punishment that legitimates oppressive state systems. Furthermore, this white feminist ‘war machine’ treats more marginalised people as collateral, especially people of colour.

Me, not you

The trouble with mainstream feminism

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