“As timely as it is well-written, this clear-eyed collection is just what I need right now.” —Jacqueline Woodson, author of Brown Girl Dreaming
“The intersectional feminist anthology we all need to read” (Bustle), edited by a feminist activist and writer who “calls to mind a young Audre Lorde” (Kirkus)
Why do some women struggle to identify as feminists, despite their commitment to gender equality? How do other aspects of our identities – such as race, religion, sexuality, gender identity, and more – impact how we relate to feminism? Why is intersectionality so important?
In challenging, incisive, and fearless essays – all of which appear here for the first time – seventeen writers from diverse backgrounds wrestle with these questions, and more. A groundbreaking book that elevates underrepresented voices, Can We All Be Feminists? offers the tools and perspective we need to create a 21st century feminism that is truly for all.
Including essays by: Soofiya Andry, Gabrielle Bellot, Caitlin Cruz, Nicole Dennis-Benn, Brit Bennett, Evette Dionne, Aisha Gani, Afua Hirsch, Juliet Jacques, Wei Ming Kam, Mariya Karimjee, Eishar Kaur, Emer O’Toole, Frances Ryan, Zoé Samudzi, Charlotte Shane, and Selina Thompson
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About the Author
June Eric-Udorie is a twenty-year-old British writer and feminist activist. Named Elle UK’s “Female Activist of the Year” for 2017, she has been included on lists of influential and inspiring women by the BBC, the Guardian, and more. A co-founder of “Youth for Change”, an initiative that works to combat female genital mutilation and forced marriage around the world, her advocacy has taken her to classrooms, the Southbank Centre's Women of the World Festival, the United Nations, and more. In 2015, she spearheaded a successful campaign to overturn the British government’s decision to remove feminism from the nationally mandated A-level (high school) politics syllabus; more recently, she raised funds to take five hundred underprivileged girls and young women of color to see the film Hidden Figures. Her writing has appeared in the Guardian, the Independent, New Statesman, the Telegraph, ESPN The Magazine, and Fusion, among others. She is currently an undergraduate at Duke University, where she is a recipient of the University Scholars merit scholarship, established by Melinda French Gates, and a Human Rights Scholar at the Kenan Institute for Ethics.
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Table of Contents
Introduction June Eric-Udorie ix
No Wave Feminism Charlotte Shane 1
Unapologetic Nicole Dennis-Benn 17
Fat Demands Selina Thompson 31
Borderlands Gabrielle Bellot 47
Intersectionality and the Black Lives Matter Movement Evette Dionne 61
No Disabled Access Frances Ryan 77
A Hundred Small Rebellions Eishar Kaur 91
Ends, Means, and Subterfuge in Feminist Activism Emer O'Toole 105
Afro-Diasporic Feminism and a Freedom in Fluidity Zoé Samudzi 121
Representation as a Feminist Act Aisha Gani 135
In Search of Gender Troublemakers Juliet Jacques 149
Body and Blood Brit Bennett 161
Loving Two Things at Once: On Bisexuality, Feminism, and Catholicism Caitlin Cruz 173
Imperial Feminism Afua Hirsch 181
The Machinery of Disbelief Wei Ming Kam 191
Brown on the Outside Mariya Karimjee 215
Deviant Bodies Soofiya Andry 225
About the Contributors 253
Suggestions for Further Reading 257