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Jessica Chastain Highlights What’s Wrong with ‘White Feminism’

Actress Jessica Chastain is on a mission to let you know that she isn’t too happy with how women are being portrayed in movies. And when she says, “women,” she means, “white women,” obviously.

Why is it obvious? Because every time she talks about it, not a single woman of color is in the room when she was talking about how the 21 films she watched portrayed women as weak and mainly just reacting to the men around them.

Chastain has taken her “concern” about (white) women on the road, and doing media tours in the news and entertainment circuit, and in that video, she is SURROUNDED by nothing by white women, mostly blond.

Is she serious? Are we lowly black women supposed to stand side by side in solidarity and support her demands for better representation of (white) women in films that don’t just show them as weak victims? Why not? It’s what we usually do.

We take up their causes, they ignore ours. I’ll never forgive white feminists who gave gangster rappers a pass for dragging the image and reputations of black women–the damage of which is so massive and widespread we can’t even go to China or Turkey without some tourist asking us to twerk. They stood by and said virtually nothing (aside from poor Ashley Judd who was attacked so badly for speaking up she just stopped) because both white women and black men found and alliance with one another against white men. What they showed us was that THEIR interests trumped our victimization.

Even now, our issues, concerns and victimization by the hands of black men are largely ignored, because it serves no larger benefit to alienate their easy allies. And so they continue to sit on media panels, white and waif-y as can be, talking about how oppressed they feel. I’m sorry, but I find it disgusting.

What do you think about all this?

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