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Who are your favourite intersectional feminists (online)?

I'm writing a paper/potential article to address some enormous ... how can I say this nicely .... ignoramuses in academia who claim that online feminists have co-opted the term 'intersectionality' from academic feminists. In their words, this co-optation has hollowed-out and depoliticized the term.

I can't even.

Anyways, while I'm sure most of the people responding to this call for papers are supporting their perspective (because that's what you do, when you want to publish, I guess), I am not. And they seem to be open to it. I sent them an abstract for a paper I've written that argues that academia is completely failing women on the ground who are clamoring that intersectionality as it is defined and used online still does not exist, and intersectionality for online feminists is hyperpoliticized in comparison to how it is used in academia.

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I want to make sure I am including as many influential (or not!) online feminists as possible. I am an intersectional feminist in that I listen, when I can - but I'm white, as are most women academics I've found who write about intersectionality, which I will hopefully address if they don't edit it out. So I want to signal-boost as much as possible here and include those people who are helping to shape what intersetionality means online. Because academics do not cite non-academics enough, and they need to, especially when talking about a movement that is happening completely outside of academia. That being said, if you know of any intersectional academic feminists who are good for this as well, I am all ears! I haven't found anything academic that actually acknowledges and respects what is happening online right now.


This is who I have so far:

Mikki Kendall

Lauren Chief Elk

BattyMamzelle (Ninja Cate!)

Jamie Nesbitt Golden

Marjorie Romeyn-Sanabria

Tina Vasquez

Jessica Yee

Flavia Dzodan

Also, note on ethics and privacy for those of you on Twitter: I am discussing #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen a bit, and asked my university ethics board if I have to make an ethics application to include tweets, or ask permission from the Twitter users who posted them, or something like that. They responded that no, Twitter is public and people who post tweets on public profiles cannot reasonably expect any degree of privacy. I know we've talked about this in theory before, so I wanted to mention what the official word is at at least one school.


I will be contacting the online feminists who are not on major websites like Huffingtonpost, XOJane, Salon, and Bitch Media (ex. Lauren Chief Elk is on tumblr, Ninja Cate if you see this I will be contacting you) for permission to cite their work, because I know that some bloggers ask for this and might be wary about the context it's being used in. It bugs me that these academic conversations about online feminists can happen without online feminism, and it bugs me that so many people have no idea what intersectionality really means for women online, and yes, all of this is just kind of driving me nuts.

So, any thoughts, recommendations, etc. would be very welcome!!

[This post will self destruct eventually, because I'm trash-talking a bit and don't want them to find this - my academic arguments are much more civil.]


Photo from Miriam Dobson's Bob the Triangle slides!

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