What’s Current: No, the Suffragettes were not racists

Annie Kenney and Christabel Pankhurst
Annie Kenney and Christabel Pankhurst

No, the Suffragettes were not racists:

“Astonishingly, the same charges of racism are levelled against the founders of the American women’s movement – in particular Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the others who first launched the American suffrage movement at Seneca Falls in 1848. It is an astonishing claim because these women had all worked tirelessly in the campaign against slavery. Stanton, the Grimké sisters and the others at Seneca Falls, having seen slavery abolished, turned their attention to women’s suffrage.

There is a modern impulse behind the criticisms of the film Suffragette… The impulse is to qualify every expression of liberation as falling short of the modern ideal of intersectional correctness. Unless a movement can dot every ‘i’ and cross every ‘t’ of contemporary Social Justice Warriors’ preoccupations, it is deemed unworthy. At its core, this is not a liberation agenda at all, but the insecurity of tone-policing clicktivists when confronted with the record of a real social movement.”

Why it’s so difficult to diagnose autism in girls. Clinicians need to look beyond tools developed for boys. Some researchers theorize that girls are better than boys at camouflaging their symptoms in social interactions.

This woman was incarcerated in an Alabama prison for a stillbirth… A stillbirth!

“Don’t give up the fight,” Suffragette actress, Meryl Streep, tells women. “It’s not over.”

Rapper Tyler the Creator takes aim at the Australian government’s decision to deny him a visa in a new single titled “F*** it.” The lyrics read, “How can I be misogynist when I love titties and ass?”

Collective Shout activist Caitlin Roper responds:

“He’s essentially had a tantrum to music… While he may have been a young man when he wrote music describing raping women, mutilating their bodies, locking them in his basement and raping their corpses, he’s not a child anymore, and he is yet to grow up and take responsibility for what he has put out into the world.”

Susan Cox

Susan Cox is a feminist writer and academic living in the United States. She teaches in Philosophy.