Joining us this week on the Radicals & Revolutionaries Lab is Koa Beck, author of White Feminism: From the Suffragettes to Influencers and Who They Leave Behind. Our host, Jillian Foster, speaks with Koa about her work defining and identifying white feminism - or whatever else you want to call it: bourgeois feminism, corporate feminism, girl boss feminism - and how what threads it all together is the aspiration of whiteness. This episode digs into that and more as Koa shares her thoughts on mainstream women's media, the pattern of white women dictating national conversations on gender, and how unions protect the labor, the rights, and the pay equity of people (mainly women) who are often exploited. This conversation and Koa's work remind us that white feminism has been very seductive and powerful, but it doesn't mean we can't course correct. You've just got to reframe your feminist politics by bringing it back to basic needs.
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