Ms. Magazine
The F Word
The word "feminist" still raises hackles. Is claiming this word all about age, race, and class?

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-Word: Impossible
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Zero Balance
Those entering middle age are discovering--sometimes too late--that women get the short end of the stick when it comes to retirement benefits.
YOUR HEALTH:
-Healthnotes
-Women's Bodies are Finally Being Studied
The Abortion Pill
Making mifepristone available in this country took decades of struggle and remains fraught with controversy.
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Portfolio: Romaine Brooks
Lesbian society in Paris at the turn of the 20th century is captured by this groundbreaking portraitist.
Uppity Women: Rosario Robles' Bold Agenda

Books:
-The Serpent Slayer by Katrin Tchana, Illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman
-Desirada, Maryse Conde
-Glory Goes And Gets Some, Emily Carter
-The Moon Pearl, Ruthanne Lum McCunn
-Kiss My Tiara, Susan Jane Gilman
-Motiba's Tattoos, Mira Kamdar

-First Person: By Any Other Name
-Columns: Daisy Hernandez, Patricia Smith and Gloria Steinem
 
We are a collective of young women of color. We have freedom schools for young women of color, focusing on creating a spiritual and activist community. We don't label ourselves in terms of gender, because our politics are on issues of sexism, racism, classism, and ageism. We feel that many previous liberation movements failed because they didn't integrate race and gender. In this country, what has become mainstream feminism--the struggle for social, political, and economic equality for women--hasn't been women struggling for all women. It lacks a class and race analysis. It's important for all of us to call ourselves out. I went to college, on scholarship, but I went. And that privilege I have can silence other people.
I'm not saying that people are evil because of their privileges, but acknowledging that white women have privileges in this society is important. It isn't just about the discourse, it's about what issues you work on. I don't see major welfare rights or major anti-sweatshop or women worker movements on the feminist agenda. Until feminists are adamantly and passionately fighting against these issues that affect women of color and poor women, who are most disenfranchised in this system, we can't call ourselves feminists. If you start from self-determination, it makes sense that feminism has gone where it's gone. Though I'm learning that there were always women of color involved, they didn't hold positions of power. Mainstream feminists wouldn't have men taking on leadership roles, or being the spokespeople. But you would want to work with them and have them be supportive. It's the same for us: we want white women supporting our struggle as allies.
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