If it was only white women who had voted in the past presidential election, Donald Trump still would have won. The only difference would be that he would also have won the popular vote, and by a 12-point margin. Trump garnered 53% of the white female vote, whereas a white woman named Hillary Clinton was only able to rally 41% of her white sistren to pull the lever for her.
Ashamed, traumatized, horrified, and grievously triggered by these stats, a pair of phenotypically white women from New York City—where else?—have designed and are marketing a “NOT THIS WHITE WOMAN” T-shirt that enables white feminists who didn’t vote for Trump to publicly virtue-signal this fact.
Hilariously, this doesn’t sit well with black feminists.
“White Women, Please Come Get Your Friends,” reads a savagely dismissive screed by brown-skinned Kara Brown at Jezebel:
Are you a white woman who did not vote for Donald Trump? Have you been searching for a way to assuage the guilt you may feel after learning white women were largely responsible for sending us all to Boy-Are-We-Fuckedville? Do you have zero self-awareness? Then get those credit cards out bitches!!!!….That aside, it’s hard to see how this really helps anyone or anything other than the conscience of the white women buying this shit….All it says is you want people to know you’re not a complete asshole. The irony is, this shirt kinda makes you look like an asshole.
Thus rears the ugly—yet inimitably enjoyable—head of intersectional feminism.
To their befuddlement, white feminists are waking up to the fact that they are being herded to the back of the progressive bus due to their shamefully inescapable whiteness.
In “An Open Letter to White Liberal Feminists,” a woman with the unmistakably black name of LeRhonda S. Manigualt-Bryant snorts:
If this most recent presidential election has revealed nothing else, it has shown that this specific ilk of white feminism must die. Rather than [women of color] holding up your weeping, weak selves, You must now do the intensive work to heal your troubled soul. And after you have come to terms with your own guilt, embarrassment, and pain, I encourage you to run with your newfound perspective.
But the open disdain nonwhite feminists express for their white would-be allies seems to be causing an understandable whitelash. Regarding the intersectional squawking about whether the Women’s March on Washington was “too white,” a white woman from New Jersey wrote, “I’m starting to feel not very welcome in this endeavor.” A white woman who wound up canceling her trip to DC commented, “This is a women’s march. We’re supposed to be allies in equal pay, marriage, adoption. Why is it now about, ‘White women don’t understand black women’?”
Quite possibly it’s because many black women care far more about being black than they do about being women. And if that’s the case, white feminists may have to realign their entire political worldview.
It’s also quite possible that a majority of white women voted for Trump because they woke up to the fact that for at least a generation, American society hasn’t “bashed” women at all, but it can’t seem to restrain itself from aggressively bashing everything white. In the end, these white women may not have been “voting against their interests” at all.