Angela Davis on Mainstream Feminism/ Bourgeoise Feminism (2017)

2011-Present, Black, Date, Defining the Enemy, Subjectives of Refusal, White Supremacy, Women

In this lecture, Angela Davis addresses her career-long struggle to identify as a feminist, given the current state of the feminist movement. Breaking through the glass ceiling, as Davis notes, is grounded in a hierarchy that favors those who are already high enough to break through the ceiling–those who are white and affluent. This type of feminism is irrelevant to any other subdivision of women. As a black revolutionary, the kind of feminism that is consumed by the mass media is of no interest to Davis, as it is fundamentally a carceral feminism.

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