Butler states that: “Race and post-feminism in the contemporary United States is troubling, particularly because it seems to indicate a continuing tendency among feminist scholars to treat race as secondary to gender despite repeated calls from feminists of color to understand race and gender as mutually constitutive.” (Butler, 2013, p.53). This rings so true because there is this constant lack of inclusivity when it comes to feminism. I can not count how many times I’ve seen articles blogs and women in entertainment praise how revolutionary and ‘feminist’ a project they are a part of is, and decide not to include women of color. For example, about a year ago Liz Heron, Huffington Post editor’s tweet from a year ago.
This tweet led to a lot of annoyance especially from women of color who felt like Heron was priding her self in how ‘feminist’ and ‘inclusive’ the editor’s office was, but of course there was one common denominator which is that none of the women were people of color. So many instances in television for example, this has occurred. Shows like Girls and Sex and the City come to mind. I would say that I do enjoy the latter due to how it did have a revolutionary portrayal of women with a character like Samantha who was in her 40s, single, sexual, working woman that absolutely, happy with who she was. However, it is troubling to have both shows which are based in New York City, one of America’s most diverse states and barely have any representation of women of color.
Butler also gives examples of women of color such as Nicki Minaj and JLo who own their sexuality and freedom to portray themselves however they want to. However, this also leads me to the criticism that a woman like Nicki Minaj would get for owning her ‘sexual’ or pornographic, thus leading to people saying that she is ‘ghetto’ or a ‘stripper’ whereas a Caucasian woman such as Britney Spears who changed her image around the early 2000s to be more sexy and empowering was seen as just that, sexy and empowering.
At the end of the day it is important for TV and society to be inclusive. Women need to stop creating this form of ‘feminism’ that does not include women of color. It has gotten better over the years for sure however, there is still that lack of inclusivity and hypocritical judgment towards women of color that continuously remains frustrating.