It has always been fashionable to scapegoat white women for the crimes of white men and the structures of white male supremacy.
But any “power” white women hold is derivative. It derives from their connection to white men. It’s not a stand-alone power. It’s the power white men concede to them in order to divide all women and uphold the status quo. White women are the chief slaves in the masters harem.
And white women have often been guilty of pecking at women of colour, believing in the myth perpetuated by patriarchy that they DO have power over other women. The myth being that power exists on some sort of continuum like this:
It actually goes more like this:
If a white woman believes she is not on exactly the same level, as any other woman in this global patriarchal system of ours then she is simply underestimating how deeply entrenched male power actually is. In other words, if she “feels superior” to women of colour, she demonstrates how blind she is to her own predicament.
The dehumanization of females, which exists in every society, makes it possible for men to then dehumanize other “types” of people: different ethnic, racial or religious groups, which do happen to include men. But radical feminists have long argued that the original prototype for ALL oppressions is female oppression. Women were the first slaves. Female oppression is the model upon which all other subordination is based. When men go to war and kill the male enemy it is because they have been trained to see them as sub-human, feminized. The enemy takes on the female role and must be maimed, hurt and destroyed.
White women don’t go around killing and raping men of colour, or women of colour for that matter. But men of ALL races rape and hurt women of ALL races, all the time, every single day. If you don’t believe me, just look at porn, where you can find men of all shades hurting women, for fun, and this transmits into real life. The power structures set in place ensures that all males, including the so-called transgendered or intergendered males,are privy to male privilege, which they exert over women.
Men align with other men over women, as we saw exemplified in the “Bros against Hos” slogan in the last U.S election.
Racism exists, oh it definitely does. The hierarchies do need to be strictly adhered to, and therefore white women are often the perfect token torturers deployed by the masters to keep others in line. But white male supremist societies have somehow convinced women of all races and ethnicities that white women posess powers that they simply don’t have.
And after the recent sexual attack I experienced here in Japan, by a Japanese man, I would go further to say that in a racially homogenous society my white skin marks me out as a target. What I mean is, being white offers no protection to women, unless we are talking about the derivative protection of being connected to white male power in some way.
So lest we forget, being FEMALE is the overriding factor when it comes to being targeted by a sexual sadist in what Mary Daly describes as “Sado-Masochistic societies” aka patriarchies.
And to all the feminist men of the world who want to be knights in shining armour to women of colour, against those evil white women, I want to say this: I see through the lies which serve to cast attention away from those who are really holding the power. I see that white women are regarded as bitches, just like any other women. I’ve always known this, but it’s only recently I’ve begun to realise that people are falling for the lies. (Julian Real, for example, is a white “male feminist” blogger–if such an oxymoron exists– who cannot contain his disgust of white women as he pontificates on behalf of women of colour.)
But I will concede one thing. Any white woman who falls for the myth that she is valued, by men, over and above other women, in patriarchal society, is deluded. White women are proxies, nothing more, and I find it embarassing that so many have been convinced otherwise.