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<club-desc-paragraph>What does it mean to be a “feminist”? Using historical research, contemporary cultural critique, and personal anecdotes, Koa Beck peels back the insidious layers of “white feminism”—a specific approach to achieving gender equality that asks women and nonbinary people to aspire to white, middle to upper-class, cisgender heternormativity to be seen. It’s marketable, palatable, and pervasive, and it leaves overlooked communities fending for themselves.<club-desc-paragraph>
<club-desc-paragraph>Koa examines the true mission of the suffragists and how their ideologies gave rise to the “corporate feminism” we see today. She also addresses the ongoing struggles of specific marginalized communities, including people from different racial and ethnic backgrounds, as well as those who exist beyond the gender binary. The call-to-action is clear: We must work towards a new era of feminism that challenges power structures and champions real inclusivity by meeting marginalized genders where they are.<club-desc-paragraph>
<club-desc-paragraph>Join author Koa Beck and host Nicole Ellis for Critical Conversations about the history of white feminism, its present-day impact, and the changes needed to forge a new path.<club-desc-paragraph>
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<club-landing-h3>Background & Writing Process<club-landing-h3>
<club-landing-paragraph>Nicole introduces White Feminism and asks the author how she hopes different people will read the book. Koa shares a key takeaway: White feminism is an ideology that reflects a system, not a specific individual. She also discusses pushback and criticism she’s received.<club-landing-paragraph>
<club-landing-h3>The Past Is Present<club-landing-h3>
<club-landing-paragraph>Koa examines the longevity of voter suppression tactics. She also unpacks terms and phrases (“We’re not perfect,” or “That’s too niche”) that reframe basic needs as luxuries and prioritize capitalism.<club-landing-paragraph>
<club-landing-h3>Feminism: The Brand<club-landing-h3>
<club-landing-paragraph>Marketed as a feminist manifesto, Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In fails to demand systemic change. Koa discusses why this is problematic and emphasizes the need for policy change over products and trends. Nicole questions whether it’s possible to build a movement without commodifying it.<club-landing-paragraph>
<club-landing-h3>Feminism vs. Fluidity<club-landing-h3>
<club-landing-paragraph>Koa explores queerness—specifically how lesbians of color have been met with resistance, as well as the prevalence of trans-exclusionary activism and a bio-centric understanding of feminism.<club-landing-paragraph>
<club-landing-h3>Making, Managing, Mobilizing<club-landing-h3>
<club-landing-paragraph>The goal of white feminism in our culture, Koa observes, has been to assume the same level of power, prestige, and affluence as cis men. Positioning itself as the “default” feminism, it fails to consider those whose basic needs are not being met.<club-landing-paragraph>
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