Today is International Women’s Day. And for some odd reason, I decided to check the Twitter hashtag #ADayWithoutAWoman. Perhaps not surprisingly there were posts by “women” of the MAGA (Make America Great Again) stripe attacking feminist/womanist activists for essentially being lazy and unpatriotic. And those were some of the more civil posts. Others revealed a purer form of the hateful MAGA ideology, one that author bell hooks encapsulated as white supremacist capitalist patriarchy. I really appreciate this term because in revealing the overlapping forms of oppression it also reveals the proper, most effective response to it: intersectional politics, discovering, weakening, and ultimately eliminating the wedges that divide us. That includes the F word. Columnist Leonard Pitts, Jr. had this to say in 2008:
We have lost collective memory of how things were before the F word. Of the casual beatings. Of the casual rape. Of words like “old maid” and “spinster”. Of abortion by coat hanger. Of going to school to find a man. Of getting an allowance and needing a husband’s permission. Of taking all your spirit, all your dreams, all your ambition, aspiration, creativity and pounding them down until they fit a space no larger than a casserole dish.
So today I urge you to show solidarity with women in any way you are able to do it. Resist white supremacist capitalist patriarchy. Resist the trolls with fake Twitter accounts, posing as women, and offering heaps of bait for those of us with an impulse to correct the record, an unimpaired humanity, and a longing for justice.