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“Unity” and “Solidarity”

November 16, 2009

The appropriation of less fortunate women’s oppression by Western, especially white, women truly does sicken me.  I understand that female people form an oppressed class, that there are threads linking the conditions under which Western white women live and the circumstances of women living in globally oppressed societies, but the notion fiercely propagated by privileged white women that there are no differences is just outrageously exploitative and opportunistic.

There are gangs of white men roving the cities of colonized and economically depressed countries for the explicit purpose of raping poor non-white women.  These are white men no Western white woman, from her position of “agency,” would ever choose to fuck or marry – socially inept, ugly, and likely diseased.  Yet they travel to nations invaded by their forefathers to impose their entitlement to female flesh on women and girls whose circumstances increase the likelihood of “consent.”

What Western white woman expresses any opposition whatsoever to this blatant utilization of the spoils of racist globalization and colonialism against non-white female bodies?  Where are the Western white women demanding that white males stay within the confines of their own countries, away from the vulnerable girls and women of militarily and economically oppressed nations?  They have nothing to say about the exportation of rapists to disadvantaged countries under the auspices of tourism, yet they support white males in the vehement refusal to allow “illegals” inside Western boundaries, even as they perpetuate, and benefit from, the lie that all female people are united by a common, undifferentiated, oppression.

Now, the least I can say for Western white women is that they haven’t yet begun the rabid vilification of non-Western non-white women that they’ve orchestrated against domestic non-white women for our insistence on discussing and analyzing the way that Western white women benefit at our expense.  You see, Western white women have condoned the same exportation of white male rapists across the railroad tracks to rape Western black women that they condone with regard to non-Western non-white women across international borders.  And when Western black women have decried this abuse, demanded a recognition of the way that white women have been spared some of the more egregious male abuse of female bodies at the expense of black girls and women, white women have cried foul, have wept crocodile tears at the way that black women “attack” them.

So far, I haven’t seen Western white women do this to non-Western non-white women, but maybe that’s only because it’s easier to avoid foreign criticisms of Western white “feminism.”  Or, maybe it’s because non-Western non-white feminists never expected cooperation or alliance from Western white women to begin with, so there isn’t any need to criticize Western white women for their failure to address Western white males’ oppression of specifically non-Western non-white femaleness.  Whatever the case, though, I don’t imagine it will be long before Western white women are crying about being “oppressed” and “attacked” by not only the non-white women of their own countries but by those of globally colonized countries as well.

14 Comments
  1. atheistwoman permalink
    November 16, 2009 5:03 am

    Do you mean white women or white feminists? Because I have seen even white “libfems” denouncing male sex “tourism” (rape) and the wars in Iraq/Afghanistan because it creates that kind of situation.

    “So far, I haven’t seen Western white women do this to non-Western non-white women, but maybe that’s only because it’s easier to avoid foreign criticisms of Western white “feminism.””
    Actually, I’ve seen this in the feminist/environmental movement in regards to the population issue. Non-western, non-white women are vilified by white western women for not toeing the party line of population reduction in the developing world. The whole thing is eugenicist and nasty, but whenever the non-western, non-white women point this out, they are being ‘aggressive’ etc.

    • November 16, 2009 2:33 pm

      Do you mean white women or white feminists? Because I have seen even white “libfems” denouncing male sex “tourism” (rape) and the wars in Iraq/Afghanistan because it creates that kind of situation.

      Hmm, I think what’s missing from those kinds of “denunciations” is the part where Western white women *benefit* from the current circumstances. Their “denunciation” is framed more as a “benevolent,” step-down-from-on-high-to-save-the-poor-othered-women than it is any real denunciation of the way that non-white girls and women suffer what these privileged white women don’t.

      Actually, I’ve seen this in the feminist/environmental movement in regards to the population issue.

      Ah, well, I don’t do environmentalism, so I hadn’t seen that bit of white-woman tear shedding. It’ll be interesting to see how the foot-stomping and fake tears make their way into actual feminist discourse with regard to non-Western non-white women.

    • atheistwoman permalink
      November 16, 2009 9:02 pm

      “Their “denunciation” is framed more as a “benevolent,” step-down-from-on-high-to-save-the-poor-othered-women than it is any real denunciation of the way that non-white girls and women suffer what these privileged white women don’t.”

      I wouldn’t have thought of it that way, but you always were more skillful at clearing out the bullshit from the truth.

    • November 18, 2009 11:48 pm

      I also wanted to add, with regard to white women’s “opposition” to rape tourism and the like, that it always came across to me as annoyance at white men’s circumvention of white women’s efforts at “equality” by just going abroad to get a more blatantly oppressed woman. “How dare white men refuse to accept white women’s ‘liberation’ and instead going to get some poor woman to do what white women won’t!!!!”

    • atheistwoman permalink
      November 19, 2009 5:53 pm

      This details what I was talking about, generally.

      http://www.truthout.org/article/the-%E2%80%98new%E2%80%99-population-control-craze-retro-racist-wrong-way-go

  2. atheistwoman permalink
    November 16, 2009 5:05 am

    “The appropriation of less fortunate women’s oppression by Western, especially white, women truly does sicken me. I understand that female people form an oppressed class, that there are threads linking the conditions under which Western white women live and the circumstances of women living in globally oppressed societies, but the notion fiercely propagated by privileged white women that there are no differences is just outrageously exploitative and opportunistic.”

    It bothers me too. I think part of the reason is the absolute denial of any common thread in experience by non-feminists. Of course that is no excuse.

    • atheistwoman permalink
      November 16, 2009 4:28 pm

      Sorry, I meant by denial by white men.

    • November 17, 2009 12:32 am

      Ha. “Non-feminists” threw me off. It would never occur to me to have distinguished non-feminist males from their non-existent feminist counterparts. 🙂

      But, yeah, that’s part of what pisses non-Western and/or non-white women off about white girls: they’re constantly using us as pawns in their fight against white males. White women aren’t fighting “patriarchy”; they’re fighting their white male brethren for their own piece of the pie, which pie was baked by and at the expense of non-white women. And the way that white women constantly throw non-white women under the bus in pursuit of that piece of the pie is ample evidence of such.

      It’s actually very, very male-identified, but white women will deny that ’til the bitter end.

    • November 17, 2009 5:14 pm

      I’m really glad to have stumbled on this blog. WOW AND WOW!

      I have always felt that white women don’t really want WOMEN’s liberation. Well actually they do, but we all know that woman=white. Especially when we’re talking about the way white women use black women here in america. Black women are regarded as men, period, and white women fear us. They don’t want all women liberated, they never have, what they want is equal status with white men. They know that their white skin gives them certain privileges, and they want the privileges white men enjoy. Period.

    • November 17, 2009 9:48 pm

      Welcome, soulsistasoulja! I’m glad you found us too. I hope you’ll stick around.

    • November 19, 2009 6:30 pm

      Thank you. I’m in the habit of reading and commenting only on woc blogs. I don’t even give white women the pleasure of my thoughts. I’m over it, really. Just recently commented on a white male blog (pro feminist) who was under attack by white women because he talks about white male misogyny… they were pissed because he wouldn’t talk about black male misogyny and felt the need to talk about the evil darkies in africa who rape women to cure their aids………

      Then I found this post, and I was like, k gonna comment at a white blog so that these silly white women can know they’re using poc as pawns.

      because they think they’re being all well-to-do and that shit pisses me off. Why the hell are you whining and crying about a white man talking about white male misogyny on a blog CREATED to expose/discuss white male misogyny? This “MOC do it too” shit is so old. Of course the fuckers do, all men are guilty, fill ur need to vilify blacks at a blog intended to do so. Why would you encourage a white man to attack black and african men?

      going off on a tangent sorry.

  3. November 16, 2009 2:38 pm

    The thing is I’ve never seen any non-white woman, Western or otherwise deny that female people in general share a common oppression. What I have seen is non-white women, non-Western and otherwise, say that they don’t have anything in common with white, Western women in particular. White women seem to think, though, that their being excluded in particular means that other women have no sense of class struggle, all while they exclude everyone else (that is, the vast majority of the female population on the planet) and call it “feminism.”

    Now, I have seen non-feminist *white, Western* women say there’s no oppression of female people as a class, but, then, that’s no reason for white women to appropriate the experiences of *non-white, non-Western* women’s experiences.

  4. isarac permalink
    November 19, 2009 2:46 pm

    “What they want is equal status with white men. They know that their white skin gives them certain privileges, and they want the privileges white men enjoy. Period.”

    True, we’re in denial about our privileges. We don’t see them, we don’t think about them, and all in good intentions. We don’t want to acknowledge that to achieve these same privileges = rights of white men, it’s necessarilly on the expense of non-white women, as these privileges are the result of oppression. Your blog and some others make me realise that “even me ” am so damn blind and racist when I thought I wasn’t.

    Isa

    • November 19, 2009 6:42 pm

      I’m glad you’re able to see through your white privilege. But that just highlights another problem with white women/feminists. You dont get to determine what is and isn’t racist. If white ppl went through life KNOWING that their racist, it would make things a lot more easy, because then we would have to deal with ppls delicate egos and false beliefs that they’re not racist.

      All of you are racist, and most of you are blindly racist, which to me is more dangerous than ur Klan type. At least with a blatant racist we know what to expect. It’s the well to do types who think they’re conscious and non racist that scare me.

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