I’m writing a thing about how feminism leaves out all sorts of women but I think it might be taken the wrong way?
I’m not sure if I should publish it or not.
It will get taken the wrong way, but write it anyway. Mainstream feminism has left out and even deliberately excluded all sorts of people, including, but not limited to: women of color, poor women, women not in “Western” nations, transwomen, non-heterosexual women, people outside the sex/gender binary, women with disabilities, neurodiverse women…
If there is a social bigotry, including sexism, feminism has participated and the ignorance, neglect, or outright hostility quite likely is still ongoing.
Feminism is imperfect and needs to be called-out on it regularly because feminism needs to do better. Criticism isn’t hate. Criticism is a call to do better and it is necessary. And while I hope to overwhelm feminism with women outside of its stereotypes and narrow mainstream areas of interest insisting on their ownership of the term and right to have a say in the platform, I also do not fault people who have been too marginalized by a movement that should be working on their behalf deciding that they cannot call themselves “feminist” until the “mainstream” movement addresses its sins.