Northup, Solomon. Twelve Years a slave (New York: Penguin Books, 2012). (461)


Hurtado, Aida. “Relating to Privilege and Political Mobilization: Toward a Multicultural Feminism.” In



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Hurtado, Aida. “Relating to Privilege and Political Mobilization: Toward a Multicultural Feminism.” In The Color of Privilege: Three Blasphemies on Race and Feminism, 1-19. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 1996. (19)


One of the larger forms of critique regarding feminist theory and its accompanying movements lies in the inclusion of women of color and different sexual orientation. As discussed in Aida Hurtado’s opening chapter of The Color of Privilege: Three Blasphemies on Race and Feminism a necessary and primary issue regarding the feminist rhetoric is its exclusivity and the inability to address the issues of race and class because of their relationship to “white men” but also their own personal origins.215 Perhaps most interesting to this argument, and as Hurtado highlights, lies in the early stages of the female abolitionist movement and the sway of Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s stance regarding race and gender relations in the United States. As Stanton justifies the anguish between the races was no more or less important than that of the war between the genders – ultimately a statement which worked to pit white women against black men and somehow, in between, leave any women of color completely out of the picture.216 Hurtado’s piece works to add in the elements which Stanton’s view and the early feminist abolitionist movement failed to justify. Ultimately, there is no necessity for women of color to be left out of the feminist rhetoric, and after centuries of having just that happen the sixties and seventies renaissance of women of color feminists has been critical to the overall conversation regarding the feminist movements of the future.



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