Feminism is an umbrella term for the equality of all genders. An in-depth study will find that there are many different kinds of feminism, based on economic and social priorities.
One such kind of feminism is considered by many to be the most essential belief: intersectional feminism.
Intersectional feminism is the belief that all “isms” are interrelated based on patriarchal privileges. These include racism, sexism, ageism, and ableism.
The patriarchy has set the default human as the heterosexual, cisgender white man. Any person who, by circumstance, does not fit into this confine does not benefit from societal rights, such as respect and safety.
These rights are thus turned into privileges, given to those who fit a certain category based on societal biases. This does not mean that heterosexual white men are evil because they benefit the most from society; it is just how history has progressed through the ages.
For example, the elderly white man will experience ageism, while the elderly white woman will experience ageism and sexism. The elderly black man will experience ageism and racism, and the elderly black woman will experience ageism, racism, and sexism. Anyone with a disability under the patriarchy will experience ableism.
Intersectional feminism fights against these “isms” with the hope of creating a society where everyone is treated with the respect they deserve.
You may have heard of the term “white feminist.” This term has been used to describe Taylor Swift, Lena Dunham, and countless others. A “white feminist” is attributed to someone who only preaches about feminism when it appears to benefit only white, heterosexual, cisgender women. This type of feminism is not intersectional. This causes much confusion, because many take this to believe that white women cannot be feminists without being a “white feminist.” This is simply not true.
Intersectional feminists stand for everyone who is hurt by the patriarchy, which is everyone. The patriarchy is a poison to society, which intersectional feminism counteracts to balance it all out.