Feminist issues are not and never will be “one size fits all”. What is important to the masses cannot be defined by the few of a common identity; the current hegemonic leadership by white feminists of the movement has resulted in a cause solely concentrated on the challenges they find pressing. Feminist of color and of diverse sexual identities have contributed to the progression of feminism, but often go undocumented for building a premise of racially tolerant political action groups (specifically the Second Wave in the 70’s being the most notable).
Kimberlé Crenshaw’s “intersectional feminism” is defined as feminism based on the examination of dominance through understanding social constructs of race, ethnicity, class, sexual identity and culture. Moreover, ever element of gender, class, sexuality, and race is unique to each individual’s environment. Every persxn has the right to define their own struggle and liberation.
Furthermore, intersectional feminism works to heighten the significance of comparative cross-culture studies of the aforementioned. Issues with gender equality are relative to the environment of the oppressed and should not to be co-opted by Western, white, hetero cis-females. For example, an African-American woman faces a completely different set of challenges than an Asian-American woman; while both women’s fears are equal in significance to the progression toward equality, the feminist movement as defined by white feminism fails to acknowledge the diversity of hardships and communities of color’s autonomy to develop flexible, viable solutions as they find necessary.
The opposition argues that feminism is exclusive to women’s issues; race does not play a role in a feminist’s conquest for equality and, in turn, is completely unrelated to the cause at hand. However, race is directly related to privilege, as is gender and sexual identity; its absence in the feminist movement silences, delegitimizes, and further marginalizes womxn of color.
The movement will always benefit in having a well-rounded purpose liberating all oppressed peoples through identifying diversity of struggle.