….Sometimes, these criticisms hit home. We could all stand to check our privilege.
The truth is that reproductive rights, economic justice, and access to power are all inseparable elements of the feminist movement. If you care about any part of it, you have to care about the whole of it.
Feminism isn’t just about sexual politics and reproductive health. Feminists have to care about the tax code. Feminists have to care about the minimum wage. Feminists have to care about voting rights.
Feminists have to care about the unique obstacles faced by women of color, women in poverty, women in rural communities, women of all sexual orientations, women in the military, and women with disabilities.
Most of all, feminists must recognize that the power we seek for every woman — the power to make your own decisions — does not come with strings attached. Women don’t owe feminists anything. And it does us no good to fight so hard for a woman’s right to make her own choices if we then turn around and tell her she’s made the wrong ones.
What decides whether or not I, indeed, am a feminist isn’t the choices I make in my own life. It’s whether I’m truly committed to empowering every woman to make whatever choices are right for her own life.
So for me the question isn’t whether Beyoncé passes that test — it’s whether her critics do.