Unlearning all the BS from white feminism to cultural appropriation.
By Ashlene N.
Ultra Violette release limited shade range & then silences WOC
Australian SPF brand Ultra Violette not only released a white-heavy shade range, they then went on to silence critics and make fun of their concerns on Instagram. A new SMH article, which clearly favored the white owners, positions women of colour as the aggressors. You can read more on the post here.
White women in Australia are claiming to be the experts in South Asian food & culture
What really happened to the Aussie WOC Instagram account
How did an account wanting to celebrate Aussie women of colour get so much hate? In 2020, a rather jealous woman of colour trolled me for a year even going as far as creating fake messages. It made me realise how white supremacy shows up in POC. Read my medium article here.
Australia: surviving an island of Karens.
From @unlearningshit on Instagram. Unedited caption below.
White Australian women have longed denied their whiteness. That somehow being Australian affords them a pass to being a perpetrator of racism. They have been tricked into believing they are the victims and the only victims of oppressive white men. This is because POC in Australia are 'othered' and therefore if we can’t be seen, we can’t have a voice, either. The system only recognizes one victim which is white women and does the bare minimum for them under the label of 'gender diversity'. Yep, newsflash, the system doesn’t care about white women, either (Ruby Hamad talks about this beautifully in her book). White Australian women, in my experience, have a heightened false sense of entitlement.
How does all this play out? Opportunities within Australia are given to white women first because it upholds white supremacy to do so. Regardless if that white woman causes harm to POC. Blatantly racist white women such as Pauline Hanson continue to hold onto power because of this. And like the example of Claire Lehmann, it plays out on the global stage as pure stupidity and ignorance. Until white Australian women start to look inward at their own behavior it won’t change. But how do you get women, who are leaning into their ignorance, to self-evaluate and make a change? That's the challenge. Ash 4/7/21