The discomfiting truth about white feminism: Meryl Streep, Amy Poehler & the movement’s long history of racial insensitivity

After a very unfortunate joke about pedophilia and Blue Ivy Carter in the opening show of a new series produced by Amy Poehler, I waited for white feminists to speak up. I waited for my feminist sisters who claim that feminism is indeed for more than just white women, to make the case about why…

International Women’s Day: In defence of feminist dissent

Recent debate has focused on whether infighting distracts from fighting inequality. But haven’t feminists always argued about priorities? Robin Morgan: Smothering debate is foolish Should we tolerate debate within feminism’s ranks? Undebatable! But it’s not so simple: women are socialised to avoid conflict; when we do differ, especially on politics and in public, it’s still…

As a black feminist, I see how the wider movement fails women like my mother

I grew up in a household where domestic violence was a God-given right. Last year 1.2 million women in Britain experienced domestic abuse, according to the charity Women’s Aid. Having witnessed such violence, statistics like this call up feelings of sickening fear, terror and helplessness. It is why gratuitous violence is something I never find…

Why Mumsnet and social media are important new forums for feminism

Where should a 20-something feminist go when faced with a online barrage of rape and death threats? Unsurprisingly, Laura Bates turned to an anonymous talkboard to ask for help soon after she founded the Everyday Sexism Project 18 months ago. Less predictably, perhaps, the childless campaigner chose to do so on parenting website Mumsnet. Within hours, Bates had almost…