The Ridiculousness of White Feminism

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My side eye has been on fleek this week. Isn’t that how the youngins speak nowadays? Don’t mind me. I need a drink and this Sprite is not doing the trick. About a year and a half ago, I read a satirical piece about “free-bleeding”.  The article was taking a critical look at the extremism of feminism (insert white before feminism) and poking fun at the women who are suffering from penis envy. I know that there is that one chick who is reading this and wishing me a disgustingly, painful labor but have no fear- although I look like I’m in my 20’s, I am 41 years old and not having any more children so you can suck it, my dear.

Kiran Gandhi letting it flow freely. Photo courtesy of Kiran Ganghi
Kiran Gandhi letting it flow freely.
Photo courtesy of Kiran Gandhi

Menstrual cycles are nothing new. It has played a fundamental role in becoming “a woman” since the first woman walked on this planet. I’ve never known a woman to “free-bleed” intentionally. It’s the last thing that most women want to happen. Ordinarily when “free-bleeding” occurs, the women are homeless or extraordinarily poor. Insert bullshit here. An XOJane writer, actually, thought this would be cool and tried it out. Who would REALLY DO THIS AS A CHOICE? It’s a complete and utterly arrogant mockery of a hardship that women around the world are facing but she wasn’t the only one riding the fuckery train.

Kiran Gandhi (Harvard- educated drummer for rapper M.I.A. and self-proclaimed feminist) ran, the ENTIRE London Marathon, bleeding without a tampon nor a pad “to raise awareness” about not being embarrassed about a period. Ma’am, YOU are full of shit. Who’s being shamed in London about their period? She, also, stated that her stance was for women that don’t have access to proper sanitary items. I found that very interesting. I googled this “cause” to see what has been done so far y nada!  How many pads have you collected since your so-called stance, Kiran? Where is the outreach to Proctor and Gamble?

Since the two days that she has run the marathon, I’ve yet to read ONE article about her project to protect all of the sad and embarrassed vaginas from their horrible menstrual cycles. Before you say that she isn’t white, her grandmother is Irish and she may not be full white but she couldn’t possibly have a black or brown friend because THEY would have called out her foolishness. Her “friends” stood in the photo smiling like idiots right beside her in full “support”.

Photo Courtesy of Kiran Gandhi
Photo Courtesy of Kiran Gandhi

Kiran, YOU NEED A BLACK FRIEND. I don’t care if she’s American, Cuban, Jamaican, Gambian, Kenyan or Panamanian. Your black feminist friends would talk to you about misogynoir and the REAL struggles of being a brown or black woman in an oppressive world and not high-five your shenanigans at the London Marathon. The ridiculousness of white feminism isn’t that white feminists want equality with men in areas of pay, education or jobs. That is fair.  The two major issues that I have with white feminism are:

1. It is NEVER inclusive of colored women. We are an afterthought in their toils yet while we have our own battles to fight- we are still expected to fight theirs as well because “we are all women”. No thank you and fuck you.

2. Everything in life isn’t a damn issue. REALLY, it’s not! Stop being pissed about having to sit down to pee.. Squat! It will make your ass and thighs look great. God forbid a man looks at your ass.

There are real causes that need our attention, resources, and support. While we work on those issues, THIS can go on the back-burner. Now excuse me while I go pop a percocet with a shot of 1800 for these cramps.

*Besos*

K.

K. Araújo, a native Detroiter, is a cross between Claire Huxtable, Rosie Pérez and Millie Jackson. Widow, professional dragger of filth and Mami to the dopest Ethiopian EVER, she is the Editor in Chief of “Negra With Tumbao” and a Staff Writer for “The Urban Twist”. Keka has been known to shake what her mama gave her, is the hell and high water, an expert salsera and cussologist with a penchant for the finer things in life and is and forever shall be- unapologetically black.

  • LOL…, so funny, yet so true..:-)

    • It was hella opportunistic. It was 2 days ago and I’ve read nothing about her starting a campaign to get sanitary items.. Absolutely NOTHING. I think she is completely full of shit.

  • I read about her “campaign”. It wasn’t thought out. It was just opportunity to make headlines because she got her period the day before and decided, “hey, I am going to run without a pad.” You are dead on. If this were her cause, she would have raised money and pads for those who don’t have any. INstead, she went back to her London pad, washed up and took her ass on to relax after her run. SMDH.

    • EXACTLY!! Do you know how many black feminists came to her rescue by calling ME privileged? I was through. The very first thing she said was that she didn’t feel like wearing a tampon because it wasn’t comfortable. *side eye*
      TO DATE- she hasn’t done ANYTHING to give them support for the “rags” that they are using and or to stop the shame that they are experiencing. FOH!

      Yanira, thank you!

  • misty sol

    i do bleed freely though…and it’s not a mess…i just live my life and occasionally have an accident…I’m real black…it’s part of my natural lifestyle…just saying

    • You’re real black? Spoken like a real white person… troll somewhere else.

  • #BlackLivesMatter is still so much less important than Feminism! As long as ALL women are oppressed by patriarchy why do we even worry about a very narrow oppression example – just a single race?

    • I guess that’s my issue with folks that say things like THIS… you still have the privilege of being white. Let me know when you’re a target so I can be sure to give you the same unimportance.

  • Great post by the way

    • Negra With Tumbao

      Thank you!

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