In the book, Against White Feminism: Notes on Disruption, Rafia Zakaria—whose writing appears regularly in outlets such as The Guardian and The New York Times Book Review, and who is a regular columnist for The Baffler and the Pakistani newspaper Dawn—combines stories of her personal experiences as a woman of color and as a lawyer, writer, and former board member for Amnesty International USA with deeply researched chapters about how whiteness and its privileges have negatively shaped the lives of millions of women over the past century. As Zakaria notes in her introduction to the book, one doesn’t have to be a white woman to be a white feminist: a white feminist is anyone who refuses to see how whiteness and its priorities dominate not only the feminist movement, but American culture, the nation’s economy, and its relationship to the world.
Moderated by Usha Iyer, Assistant Professor of Art and Art History at Stanford University
Rafia Zakaria is the author of The Upstairs Wife: An Intimate History of Pakistan, Veil, and many essays for the Guardian, CNN, and the New York Times Book Review. She is a regular columnist for Dawn in Pakistan and the Baffler in the United States.
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