Let the actress school you.
Let Rashida Jones school you in intersectional feminism.
In case you were confused and thought feminism is just for white people, let the Parks and Rec actress correct you. The longtime outspoken feminist recently spoke to Refinery29 about the history of feminism excluding black women and other minorities.
“Feminism has to be for every woman, and if there’s an experience you don’t understand, educate yourself. I think because I’m biracial, I have a unique perspective. I am sometimes treated like a woman of color, sometimes not. I also have white feminist friends who want to know what to do, how to better understand their privilege, and how to be helpful. I don’t think it’s everyone’s job to be a bridge, but in this political and cultural climate, I try my best to be patient and instructive.”
So what do you do if you find herself falling into the trap of white feminism? Jones advised,
“Listen, listen, listen, and stay open to learning. The inherent issue with privilege is that you can’t understand the things you haven’t experienced. So staying open and empathetic to all women from different circumstances and unique issues is your best chance to show your support.”
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Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to starting Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, and Tiger Beat. Her favorite Housewife is Bethenny Frankel and when she’s not watching RHONY, you can probably find her obsessing over her tuxedo cat Tom or hoarding drugstore lipsticks.