S1 E12: Woman and White Feminism: Koa Beck, White Feminism

S1 E12: Woman and White Feminism: Koa Beck, White Feminism

Koa Beck’s reporting and analysis on gender, identity, race, and culture have won her international acclaim, and in this episode, I talk with Koa about her book, White Feminism: from the suffragettes to influencers and who they leave behind

This book is an important addition to the conversation around race, empowerment and inclusion in the United States. Not to be confused with feminists who happen to be white, Koa explores the ‘white feminism’ ideology of past and present, demonstrating how society commodifies feminism and systemically shuts out women of color and other marginalized groups.

Some topics of discussion include:
1. What white feminism is, along with it’s long and consistent history of elitism and prejudice
2. Who white feminism leaves behind (think: prioritising “mompreneurs” over women who can’t afford diapers)
3. The role capitalism plays and the commodification of feminism
4. Problematic language like “lucky”, “divisive” and the white privilege disclaimer
5. What we can do to change things for the next generation
And more!

Transcription is available here: https://www.thestoryofwomanpodcast.com/blog/e12-woman-and-white-feminism-koa-beck-white-feminism

Buy the book:
US: https://bookshop.org/a/80198/9781982134426
UK: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/9266/9781398501997

Mentioned in the episode:
Living a Feminist Life - Sarah Ahmed: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/9266/9780822363194

Where to find Koa Beck: http://www.koabeck.com/

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