3. A Look at Intersectionality with Erica Jong and Roxane Gay.
Erica Jong, aka queen of the zipless many, took to the stage with “Bad Feminist” author Roxane Gay at the Decatur Book Festival in Georgia this past week, where some awkward generational gaps played out to the audience’s discomfort. As the two of them discussed feminist issues, Jong seemed very defensive about the racism imparted by some feminists of her era (the “2nd Wave” of the movement), and tried to explain that feminism has never been a “white thing” as critics of White Feminism claim. Needless to say, this did not sit entirely well with Gay--a woman of color and prominent voice of modern intersectional feminism--nor did it resonate particularly well with the audience. Yikes. We love Erica Jong, and as per usual, we’re grateful for all the feminists who came before us; that’s why we want her, and all her contemporaries, to do better. We’re with Gay on this one: maaaybe (ok, DEFINITELY) it’s time for us all to embrace some sweet intersectionality. All aboard!