The video shows articulate young men give their reasons for taking a course in feminism and how feminism relates to their lives. One student, Nathaniel, has gone on to work with Gloria Steinem. The thing that stuck out for me, that shows exactly why feminism is not a cis woman only cause, is the student's take on intersectionality.
"At one point, we wrote an intersectionality essay, and that taught me that nothing is really one-dimensional. Like you canât just be black. You can be black and gay; or like black, gay, disabled. There are many different things that don't relate to the master narrative".
What qualifies a feminist? Is it the Caitlin Moran definition of having a vagina you want to be in charge of? Or is it simply wanting everyone to be able to be in charge of their genitalia?
Listen to yourself. Not all white people, not all cis women, not all able-bodied... And now listen to other people.
But nor have we white cis women feminists. Listen to yourself. Not all white people, not all cis women, not all able-bodied... And now listen to other people.
The thing is, if we cis-women want in on this feminism thing, we have to recognise that we must show the way by being inclusive. Just as some Christians seem to disregard the life of Jesus - hanging out with sex workers, tax collectors, lepers, Jack of all sinnin' - and choose instead to separate themselves from those they deem undesirable by shunning them rather than welcoming them, we fail to justify our cause of equality by excluding those who would like to be a part of it.