Jewish Women, Amplified
- Intersectional Humility
- Ask Emma
- The Jewish Founder of WHM
- Grace and Frankie
The messiness of the world and the limits of intersectionality as a theory have re-asserted themselves once again in the events surrounding Women’s March leader Tamika Mallory’s embrace of Louis Farrakhan and refusal to publicly condemn his anti-Semitic and anti-LGBTQ diatribes. I’d like to make a case for an intersectionality rooted in humility. What if, instead of using theory to express what we know, we used it to create space for what we don’t know?
Recently, I stayed over at my S.O.'s apartment and needed to borrow their toothbrush. They looked horrified that I would suggest such a thing and said it felt unhygienic. For me, it feels like a non-issue. It has led to a few fights so I have to ask: is it okay to expect a S.O. to be willing to share their toothbrush?
Here are some choice quotes on marginality, what progress looks like, and why women’s history matters, from the Jewish woman who started it all!
The popular Netflix show Grace and Frankie gives unique narrative space to a friendship between two women who I would venture to classify as soulmates, bashert. Their relationship, like many of the real-life female friendships I see around me, calls into question the necessity of romance in a meaningful companionship.
Which Jewish Second-Wave Feminist Are You?
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Jewish Women's Archive. "Jewish Women, Amplified." (Viewed on March 24, 2018) <https://jwa.org/blog/node/23>.