Creating, not reacting - why The master’s tools was born
This blog needn’t inform you what the traditional picture of leadership looks like in the West- pale, male, straight, upper class, stale- but this blog does aim to push deeper into analysis of leadership in feminism.
The master’s tools will facilitate a platform to speak back. We’re interested in the voices of the many, not the few. But we’ll also create the conversations- free from boundaries narrowly defined by media trends. With a handful of high profile feminists attempting to confine the word ‘intersectionality’ to the same unpopular place that the word ‘feminism’ once inhabited, it’s time to set the agenda.
It’s not good enough to challenge patriarchy where and when it manifests, whilst considering our own politics to be squeaky clean. We speak of self-defined male feminist allies with a smile, grateful that they refuse to confront the concept of patriarchy with defence and belittlement. Whilst feminists across the globe are winning hearts and changing minds to eventually change the world, we can start with ourselves. To work together, we need to listen to women who rarely find themselves leading the movement- we need to learn from them- and then we need to work with them.
To regard intersectionality as an incomprehensible, far off subject is a luxury. Women are not just woman but who are also Black, or LGB, or trans, or disabled, (or all of those things) experience the intersecting oppressions of structural inequality every day. And yes, these women might disagree and debate about how these things affect their lives- but those are their discussions to have- led by them, without perimeters dictated by white women with media platforms.
There’s no dichotomy between being aware of this and challenging patriarchy in all of its political and personal forms. Understanding women’s oppression outside of the white, heteronormative, cisgender dominant voice isn’t too difficult- it just requires a little bit of listening.
Feminism has the potential to be truly liberating movement- but much like we’ve unlearned patriarchy, we need to release those comforting crutches of other oppressions that secure our freedoms and privileges whilst denying them to so many others. A feminism that replicates the structures of the dominant narrative is wholly insufficient, because the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house.