Model View Culture @ModelViewMedia (USA)


Model View Culture “is an independent media platform covering technology, culture and diversity.” It published an op-ed by spousal abuser and accused rapist Dana McCallum in January 2013 called “I’ll Meet You At The Intersection,” in which McCallum – a White Man who identifies as a Woman – talks about feminism and intersectionality.

Intersectionality is an analytical tool developed by Kimberlé Crenshaw to discuss how Women of Color face compounding oppression based on both race and sex. The tool has been effectively hijacked by White Men who identify as Women, as McCallum demonstrates:

“There are as many different feminisms as there are feminists, but effective feminism is intersectional. While it might seem superfluous to point out that women are not a homogeneous group, many of the efforts to get more women into tech treat us as though we are. In particular, I’m troubled by the dearth of economic and racial diversity at events I attend, and the lack of outreach to women and girls who are not middle-to-upper-class. As activists, we run the risk of repeating the mistakes of feminism’s First Wave—which failed to advance the interests of women of color and the working class—if we don’t start developing strategies with more than one category of women in mind.”

Of course, the “category of women” McCallum has in mind are not Women at all.

Model View Culture apparently deleted this op-ed sometime after McCallum was accused of rape.

New Statesman _ Kimberlé Crenshaw on intersectionality_ “I wanted to come up with an everyday metaphor that anyone could use”.