What is Radical Womanism?


“… ‘radical’ simply means to grab something by the roots.”

—Angela Davis

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Why Women of the World Fail to Unite

The late and great second wave feminist intellectual Simone de Beauvoir identified and described this phenomenon in her 800-page manifesto Le Deuxième Sexe. According to her (and reality), women live dispersed among men, bound to their patriarchs more tightly than to other women. Thus, the allegiance of bourgeois women belonged to bourgeois men, not proletarian women. The loyalty of white women were with their men, not with black women. And, as demonstrated by the exit poll above, this tendency is doggedly, stubbornly persistent into the 21st century. Every group of woman is somewhat more liberal than her male counterpart; it’s as if the very presence of two X chromosomes automatically shifts an individual a few clicks leftward on the political compass. The largest gender difference in support for Clinton exists among whites (13% divide), while the narrowest is between Latino women and men, who backed Clinton at 69% and 63% respectively. However, race is obviously still a much stronger predicting factor of an individual’s politics than their sex. The voting patterns of black women – a solid 94% of those among the respondents voting blue – more closely match those of black men (82% supporting Clinton) than their white sisters, 52% of them voting Trump.

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