Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Saturday, May 10, 2014
In a recent panel discussion held by the National Organization for Women (NOW-NYC) on feminism for women of Color, I was asked why mainstream feminisms has not considered immigration a feminist issue.
As a transnational Latina feminist, immigration has always been one of my top priorities, right alongside reproductive justice and the wage/professional gap that affect mostly women like me.
As this question was presented to me, I struggled for a response because on the one hand, I don't understand how an issue that disproportionately affects women and children is not considered a feminist priority, but on the other hand, I also understand that when something doesn't directly affect a group of people, they are less likely to regard it as most important.
As transnational women of Color, we understand that if immigration reform is not a priority, our families will be the ones affected the most.
This has been said many times, but I'll say it again: Mainstream feminists must listen to women of Color when they voice their struggles.
Sexual pleasure is not a one-way street.
If you are a woman who has had one, two, or any number of sexual partners, you may know that sex should always feel good for both partners.
If you are a woman who has not yet had sex, you probably hope that your first time, and times subsequent, will be equally pleasurable for everyone involved.
After all, our sexual relationships are outlets for pleasure.