I have a short fuse today and I am sure I will get flack for this however:
From observing tumblr and real life conversations recently, feminists are disjointed along these lines.
White feminist issues:
Affordable and safe reproductive health/access.
Body hair and body policing.
Deconstructing slut shaming and valuing sex positivity.
Marriage equality and queerness as part of institutionalization.
Reclaiming terms/language: bitch, whore, slut, cunt, etc…
People of Color/Mixed feminist issues:
Access to everything, deconstructing white privilege and resulting oppression.
Social justice/Solidarity with other communities—queer, trans, immigrants, etc.
Having our bodies allowed agency in the conversation of sexuality and sexualization.
Intersectionality of class, race, gender, ethnicity, ability, age, spirituality, sexuality.
Maintaining and honoring cultural traditions/values and creating new ones.
I’m not advocating these lines should exist or there isn’t cross over but this is what appears in my life and on my dash 24/7 and its getting exhausting. Not offering a solution just an observation. It’s hard to feel like a fourth wave is coming when these separations still exist. Thoughts? I will add more to this later when I am not overwhelmed with things on my plate.
This is absolutely true. Like an social movement, there will always be divergences and separations within feminism. To some extent this is a good thing as dialogue and diversity of experience help us work through issues and have better informed opinions. But this racial divide is really problematic.
The problem, I think, is that a lot of white feminists are aware that there is a disconnect here, and are aware of white privilege, but are not really changing the power structures within the feminist movement. I don’t think a fourth wave is possible until we critique and dismantle power structures within our own activist spaces. I think the fourth wave will be revolutionary instead of reformist and that this is a fundamental piece of moving in that direction.
I think this is an important post and I am glad you wrote it.