Acta Cogitata: An Undergraduate Journal in Philosophy


The following paper will track the subtle and not-so-subtle differences between various forms of feminism, specifically the differences between Indigenous and white feminism. Though the differences can outnumber the similarities, I do not see this as a discouragement for forming intercultural bonds for a peaceful coexistence, in fact this is the opportunity for solidarity to change the perception and reach of feminism as a movement. Feminism has the potential for reaching a broader audience without minimizing the differences of separate groups. This paper does not call for the aggregation of different groups in order to further the goals of white feminism, but rather highlights the differences of Indigenous and white feminism through historic and current context to show the specific needs of multiple groups. The works of Lorraine Mayer, Deborah McGregor, and Paula Gunn Allen are used to highlight the unique relationship of Native women with the colonizer’s culture in Canada and America, as well as what Indigenous feminism looks like. Works by Kimberlé Crenshaw and Allison Jaggar are used to explore Black and white (respectively) feminist perspectives. Intersectionality and sovereignty are two topics that will guide the paper in showing ways that solidarity can look, ultimately calling on informed digression of the individual.

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