White Women Are Less Likely to Protect Black Women from Sexual Assault, Study Finds

Monday, 13 March 2017

"There's a quote by writer Flavia Dzodan that says 'my feminism will be intersectional or it will be [BS].' This basically means that in order for feminism to be really, truly feminist, it has to include all women of all backgrounds, races, cultures, religions, classes, abilities, sexual orientation, and gender identities. White women often fail to make their feminism intersectional, creating what's known as 'white feminism' — or the misguided system of belief that doesn't take multiple systems of oppression into consideration. A new report shows how white women may turn a blind eye in situations where black women are at risk of sexual assault, even though they would help other white women in the same situation.

A study published in the journal Psychology of Women Quarterly found that white women in college may be less likely to intervene when they see a black woman at risk of being sexually assaulted than they would if there were a white woman in danger, even though they recognize the risk in both cases."

Read the full article here.

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