On 23rd October 2012, Lola Okolosie and I had a piece published on The Guardian’s Comment is Free:
A couple of weeks ago, columnist Caitlin Moran interviewed Lena Dunham, creator of HBO series Girls, set in multicultural New York. The ensuing row over Moran’s failure to challenge the show’s lack of racial diversity has been raging both on Twitter and the blogosphere. The continuing reactions and counter-reactions to Moran’s tweet about the show have exposed a long-standing rift within the feminist movement running along race lines.
The most sustained critique of feminism has always been that it is a white, middle-class movement. This is not true. Women from all backgrounds stand up to the social forces around them and are engaged in feminist activism. The feminist story belongs to all womeneverywhere but that is not the impression you would receive from the mainstream media, where it seems that all feminists are concerned about is a particular type of woman, the kind that would benefit from there being an EU-wide 40% quota for women on boards, or has an overriding focus on body image and pornography. What is missing from these discussions is a consideration of race, poverty and discrimination, and how they work with gender to further oppress women.
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