13-year-old actress rowan blanchard speaks out on intersectional feminism
Tumblr is being used for good with the generation coming of age.
It's Rowan Blanchard's universe and we're just living in it. For any parents who say Tumblr is a waste of time, they might just want to pay attention to this. Over the weekend the 13-year-old Disney star responded to a question on her blog asking about her thoughts on 'white feminism' and the way it excludes women of colour, queer women and non-cis women. For someone who has been walking the earth since 2001, her answer is pretty mind-blowing—she eloquently sums up some pretty complex issues and current debates.
""White feminism" forgets all about intersectional feminism. The way a black woman experiences sexism and inequality is different from the way a white woman experiences sexism and inequality. Likewise with trans-women and Hispanic women," she writes. The Girl Meets World actress also talks about the pertinent issues facing the trans community (where it's reported that more than 50% of transgender youth will attempt suicide at least once by the time they turn twenty), saying, "It is SO important to protect trans women and trans youth as they are incredibly at risk when it comes to sexual assault and hate crimes."
Rowan has shared the response with her 2.4million Instagram followers too, and the comments show the Instagram community banding together on the issue. "Young people like you give me hope. I'm glad you get it and are exploring these issues. We need people in Hollywood like you," writes one user. Emma Watson, who launched the feminist campaign #HeForShe at the UN, has tweeted about Rowan's response (now to get them in a room together with Tavi and Lorde to take over the world...).
Rowan is also an ambassador for #HeForShe and has spoken at the UN Women and US National Committee's annual conference about the importance of all people educating themselves about feminism. Not only is it super inspiring to see young women like Rowan use their celebrity status to bring sometimes difficult-to-understand issues into the mainstream (and be open to error and feedback!), but this also goes a long way in showing how much of a positive thing Tumblr can be in opening up discussions that, let's face it, need to be held already in classrooms and around dinner tables across the globe.
Text Ingrid Kesa