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This week’s reading is “Theorizing African (feminisms): The Colonial Question” written by Pinkie Mekgwe. In this reading it demonstrates the impact and influence that African feminist, post colonialism has a relationship in African literature. African women’s writing was published in 1970, in which many readers saw a different perspective and a more exclusive intake of how African women feel about the wrong representation that were placed against them. “This context demonstrates how feminism in Africa reminds us that it can be more an activist movement and creation of ideas in which women are being marginalized but are being recognized. They are being recognized as women with potential and respected as women with rights.
When reading upon this article I noticed how the author states that most women writers in Africa do not consider or call themselves feminist because some believe that it puts a label on who you are as individual, that they feel that feminist in the United States are different than what they are, and that they consider the word feminist as a term that is used by Europeans. An African feminist named Omolara Ogundipe leslie talks about African women being more conscious as individuals because they are woman and African. This symbolizes that women do not have the same intersectionality even if all women are fighting for the same rights but that each experience it differently. This is a great writing piece in which I got to see a different perspective I have not read or seen before.
“Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex” written by Kimberle Crenshaw. In this reading, it explains how race, class, and gender are one of the main factors that creates inequality. Even if you are women and a feminist, you are viewed differently if you are women of color than a woman with white privileged. Kimberle Crenshawn argues that “Black women are sometimes excluded from feminist theory and antiracist policy discourse because both are predicated on a discrete set of experiences that often does not accurately reflect the interaction of race and gender.” (Page 140). Black feminist experience intersectionality differently and how privileged is played out differently amongst society and how women of color conquer obstacles that they face in everyday basics. Kimberle Crenshaw states that the problem cannot be solved by just involving black women into the structure that society has built. A black feminist experiences race, class and gender differently due to the categorization that we are placed that society has created for us.
The reading also explains how multiple oppression of intersectionality are experiencing in the same era. The author also demonstrates serval examples of how Black women are being discriminated in the work place because they are women and women of color. This has created a controversy that “DeGraffenreid v. General Motors” was one of the famous cases in which black women filed complaints in 1976. This was a famous case because the corporation “General Motors” has never hired black women to go in their workspace and when they did hire black women after laws changed, they immediately lost their jobs for any excuse that was given. This demonstrates how black women are being discriminated due to their race and sex and the lack of privilege they have.