Every day, and especially on March 8th, we celebrate International Women's Day. It is a day for us to commemorate the immense sacrifice and extraordinary contributions that womxn have made to society, as well as recognize that the fight for equal rights is ongoing.
WHY INTERSECTIONAL FEMINISM?
Et Cetera celebrates intersectional feminism, a term coined by Kimberlé Crenshaw: the belief in equality between all genders, while realizing the interconnectedness of gender discrimination and other dynamics such as race or sexual orientation—because inequality comes in many forms and systems of imbalanced power. It is a term that recognizes that there can be different levels of systemic oppression, and enables each of us to do our part to eliminate it.
We use the term 'womxn' rather than woman as a symbolic diversion from its original meaning in Old English (wife of a man). An 'x' is also used in place of an 'e' to be more inclusive of transgender and non-binary womxn. Ultimately, we believe feminism is not about being hateful towards historically dominant demographics, but rather making our communities more tolerant, accepting, and better places.
Here, we raise up voices of womxn and advocate against injustice and ignorance. It is for that reason that Women's History Month and Black History Month will be our Issue Spotlights in VOL. II, Penumbra, coming in late March 2020.
In the meantime, we've also included a piece by POC artist Joelyn Chan that will be featured in our upcoming issue.