Where sexism & racism connect: Why our feminism must be actively anti-racist

Next discussion: 6pm Sunday May 1st @ Fitzroy Library (Moor St, Fitzroy)

Where sexism & racism connect: Why our feminism must be actively anti-racist

We live in a society that oppresses women on the basis of our gender: Our bodies are commodified, our labour is devalued, our sexuality is policed, our lives are often valued on our relationships to men.

The scale and form of these gendered oppressions intensify when coupled with racism. The abuse of refugee women, the dispossession of Aboriginal women, the attacks on Muslim women are all instances where sexism and racism connect to reinforce the hierarchies of capitalism.

Yet in many cases this racism is perpetuated in the name of protecting women! The victimisation of women (and children) becomes the justification for refugee detention, for welfare quaranteening and forced closures, for banning religious headscarves.

Only by understanding the close connection between sexism and racism can we begin to unravel both. Join the discussion on why our feminism must be consciously anti-racist and how we can achieve this in day-to-day action.

These monthly socialist-feminist discussions are free and open to all women (including trans women) and non-binary people. Don’t be a dick about it.

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