I listened to Gloria Steinem's interview today on NPR's Tell Me More and I'm now more angry than before. She now says that it is ridiculous to rank sexism vs. racism.
But, she DID rank it. She wrote: "Gender is probably the most restricting force in American life." MOST--using that word is RANKING. She wrote that black men were able to vote before white women to illustrate that black men are better off than white women. SHE WROTE THAT!
Rather than apologizing or simply saying, "Yeah, sexism is worse. Bite me!" Gloria Steinem is doing what privileged people often do...interestingly, she is doing what men in power often do to women...pretend that the oppressed person is crazy, too sensitive and unhinged. Clarence to Anita: "I never sexually harassed you. You're crazy." Isaiah to Anuche: "I never called you a bitch. You're crazy." Gloria Steinem to feminists of color: "I never said sexism was worse than racism. You're crazy."
You know what...bump the feminist label. So many women of color are right; I was wrong. Mainstream feminists won't or can't understand me. As of today, I'm officially a womanist.
(Okay...I know I said I had no fight in me today, but I listened to that interview and got my angry back. I'm scrolling down to the post below to listen to "How Soon is Now?" about 500 times.)