15. . . . . Womanism Vs Feminism . Tessa King. Evans High

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Womanism vs Feminism
Tessa King
Evans High School

“Most of us did not learn when we were young that our capacity to be self-loving would be shaped by the work we do and whether that work enhances our well-being.” – Bell Hooks
Black Feminism is a theory which argues that sexism, class oppression, gender identity, and racism are interconnected. However, womanism or white feminism is a social theory which is strictly racial and gender-based oppression of black women. Black feminism and womanism should be separated because one is focused on how different social ideologies are interconnected and the other is only racial and gender-based. For example based on the ideals of black feminism, racism and class oppression are
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Racism and sexism are also important factors in black feminism. During slavery, black women were “favored” for their slave masters having sex with them. They said they were saving them from having sex with a black man who were considered animalist and brutal. Today we still face the same problem. A lot of African American women and black women in general think that there is something wrong with their sexuality because of psychological issues and habits passed down from one generation to the next. They think they have to look or dress a certain way to get acknowledged by the ‘right’ group of people. Also, the same derogatory names black men and women were being called back then, are the same names they are being called today. It’s like a cycle. Some of us weren’t taught to love ourselves or our people, we just fall into this unbreakable chain of talking down on each other, which makes room to allow others to do the same.
Black women are discriminated against in different ways that not many people would think about. “Crenshaw argues that Black women are discriminated against in ways that often do not fit neatly within the legal categories of either “racism” or “sexism”—but as a combination of both racism and sexism. Yet the legal system has generally defined sexism as based upon an unspoken reference to the injustices confronted by all (including white) women,

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