""White feminism" does not mean every white woman, everywhere, who happens to identify as feminist. It also doesn’t mean that every "white feminist" identifies as white. I see "white feminism" as a specific set of single-issue, non-intersectional, superficial feminist practices. It is the feminism we understand as mainstream; the feminism obsessed with body hair, and high heels and makeup, and changing your married name. It is the feminism you probably first learned. "White feminism" is the feminism that doesn’t understand western privilege, or cultural context. It is the feminism that doesn’t consider race as a factor in the struggle for equality.
White feminism is a set of beliefs that allows for the exclusion of issues that specifically affect women of colour. It is “one size-fits all” feminism, where middle class white women are the mould that others must fit. It is a method of practicing feminism, not an indictment of every individual white feminist, everywhere, always."
This irritates me. I understand the point that is being made. Cultural context is extremely valuable and needs to be taken into consideration when discussing feminist issues. Middle class culture is not the only lens (or the best lens) for viewing social issues, and questions of race are important.
That said, I think the way that calling this “white feminism” is a huge mistake. Feminism is about equality. Ostracizing people who are passionate about equal rights for woman is a poor way to go about achieving this goal, and it is BOUND to happen the moment you attempt to label a group of people with terms like “white feminist,” despite your claims that this is not intended to signal out all white people. If someone is making culturally insensitive remarks or not considering another viewpoint, respectfully point it out to them. Do not assign a label that fools will use indiscriminately to shame others.