“I’m a feminist,” wrote author and critic Lena Dunham in her 2013 book, “Not That Kind of Girl.”
“I’m against the idea that white women have to be exclusively heterosexual, that white men are only attracted to white women,” Dunham wrote.
“I think there are other, more complicated and less reductive, ways to look at the world.
But it’s not my job to fix all of these ills in the world, and I don’t think the way I see them makes them all the worse.”
Dunham is among a growing number of women, who are also vocal about their discomfort with the perceived whiteness of their own bodies, who say they are uncomfortable with the fact that the country they live in is home to some of the largest and most affluent communities of white women.
“When white women get older, they’ll feel as though they’re the ones who have been oppressed, the ones in the minority,” said Emily Rauh, a lecturer in sociology at New York University.
“But we don’t have to believe that.
We don’t even have to think that.
They’re the majority.
It’s not that complicated.
We just need to stop believing that.”
Dunah, who has also written extensively about feminism and women’s rights, said that white feminists should take a page from the Black Lives Matter movement and “demand justice for all.”
“You can’t be anti-white and not also anti-black,” she wrote.
“You can see that intersectionality is a way to work through these problems, but we can’t just go around saying, ‘It’s our job to stop the world from being racist.'”