Beautiful things happen when we sit down and get to work. Powered by ASOS Supports Talent, Power to the Divine Feminine was an intersectional feminist panel focusing on the experiences of female-identifying creatives. Moderated by Zarna Surti of Tonal Magazine and WestwoodWestwood, the panel featured activist/actress/ poet Yazmin Monet Watkins, doula Erica Chidi Cohen, fashion blogger Olivia Lopez, and actress/writer Alexi Wasser. Taking place at the lush Soho House West Hollywood, Zarna guided us through a series of questions designed to provoke deep discussion and push the audience outside of their preconceived thoughts on feminism.
Within the first few opening moments, Erica reminded us that the term intersectionality was coined by a black woman named Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw. As the evening’s conversation expanded, Alexi pointed out a fact that is often overlooked: We are unable to truly dissect feminism without discussing race. The main tenants of intersectional theory state that our identities are based upon overlapping social identities related to our physical wellness, mental health, race, gender, age, sex, class, and so on.
A reoccurring topic throughout the night, both from members of the audience and panelists, was the importance of utilizing resources. Listen to a podcast that isn’t specifically geared towards you, read, read a lot, read even when the topic matter makes you depressed or uncomfortable, and do what you can. If you can only tackle listening to an episode of 2 Dope Queens one day, that’s fine, but keep the momentum moving and perform another action the following day.
If there’s one thing I realized during the panel, it was this: We need to have these conversations regularly. We need to have these conversations even when they’re uncomfortable and inconvenient. Talk about your differing perspectives with your loved ones and ask questions. Push yourselves to be better.
If you are looking to expand your knowledge on intersectional feminism, take a peek at our Intersectional Feminism Reading List. Below are a few additional resources that were discussed on the panel. Favorite title missing? Shoot me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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