Another commentor mentioned something about the recent trend of hostility towards white women and it got me thinking; I can't be the only one that's noticed this trend in seemingly blaming white women for all the wrong in the world, can I? White women perpetuate racism, classism, ageism, ableism, etc etc etc.... White women are the literal devil, but nobody is talking about white men.
Conversations about race and intersectionality, especially when it comes to feminism, are GOOD. We should be addressing how race impacts women's experiences with misogyny, how white women can be better allies to WOC, etc. But these aren't good-faith arguments. These are people making vile, horrific misogynistic comments under the guise of critiquing "white" women. Jokes about fucking dogs, "Karens," accusations of false accusations, saying white women should be more tolerant of sexual harassment because of "cultural differences" (never mind how racist that sentiment is)... It's disgusting. Nothing about white men, though. Only white women, and the label "white" is only dubiously applied so people (mostly men) can safely hate women.
Seriously, just Google "white women," then Google "white men." Actually, no need to, I just did and here's the screencaps:
Notice the difference?
"How the Karen meme confronts history of white womanhood," "White women's role in white supremacy," "Dear white women, are you abusing your racial privilege?" "How white women's tears oppress women of color," versus "White men are feeling left out of diversity, equity," "White men as full diversity partners," "Wanted single, white men for research," "White men talking."
I had to bold the above two because they're both by the SAME PUBLISHER! (Forbes) This is how people view women - both the cause for all the injustices in society, and responsible to fix them. Meanwhile, men are coddled. They feel "left out" of diversity. Women are expected to bear the burden of societal progress, while men sit back feeling "excluded" and we need to ~ include them ~ as diversity partners. Maybe step up and do more, gents?
People look REALLY HARD these days for any chance they can get to hate and blame women and tacking a privileged identity onto the front makes it okay. Why aren't we saying the same thing about men? Why aren't we having conversations about how white men murder women of color, but we're making articles about "women's tears" being oppressive?