‘Dearborn Girl’ Explores the Intersection of Being Muslim and Feminist

a podcast i’d love to check out.

Rima Fadallah: Yasmeen and I talk about this a lot and I’m just going to go ahead and call out that when we talk about mainstream feminism we’re talking about white feminism. I didn’t understand intersectionality until I went to school away from Dearborn and I heard what a lot of the conversations were like in women’s spaces, specifically white-dominated women’s spaces. I think one of the biggest things that’s frustrating me right now is that we don’t accept differences in values. Mainstream feminism tries to push an agenda of liberalism that looks and sounds and acts a certain way. I remember in college I heard a comment from a girl that I’ll never forget. She said, “If you abstain from sex, you’re basically oppressed and you’re internalizing your own oppression.” I’m not saying that’s all white feminism stands for, but there’s this perception of the Arab or Muslim woman who wants to be more modest as oppressed or part of a male-dominated space. More here.

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