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An essential, comprehensive account of what white feminism is - and an empowering manifesto for revolution.

For listeners of Reni Eddo-Lodge's Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race, Caroline Criado Perez's Invisible Women and Florence Given's Women Don't Owe You Pretty.

Feminism is supposed to be the fight for the freedom and equality of women. And in the past 200 years, it has made incredible gains: paving the way for women to advance economically, handing them back control of their own bodies, and advocating for their needs and their experiences.

But not for all women.

Since its very beginning, mainstream feminism has catered to a particular group of women: middle class, cis-gendered, Western and above all, white. And the exclusion of everyone outside this narrow category is not merely an oversight, a coincidence, a slip. It is baked into the way feminism works.

This must change. White supremacy is killing feminism. Until all of us are free and equal in society, none of us are. 

The power to transform it lies with each one of us. It starts with understanding how we got here in the first place.

Eye-opening, timely and impossible to ignore, Against White Feminism traces the connections between feminism and white supremacy from the earliest stirrings of the women's suffrage movement to the 'fourth wave' we see today, demonstrating how an idea based on equality has been corrupted by prejudice and exploitation from the start. Rafia Zakaria issues a powerful call to arms to every listener to build a new kind of feminism which will light the path to true emancipation for all.

©2021 Rafia Zakaria (P)2021 Penguin Audio
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"Necessary, warm-hearted and sharp-eyed. [Zakaria] brings compassion, intelligence, and a steady drumbeat of change to redefining feminism. This book is going to light fires everywhere, so if you are prone to combust, get right the hell out of the way." (Lit Hub, Most Anticipated Books of 2021)

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timely, important, uncomfortable

this is a discomforting read for a white feminist (but it's shown me I'm a feminist who's white). Anyone who's struggling to understand why women of colour turn away from feminism, who don't fully grasp intersectionality, who have big feelings about FGM ... listen to this. The ending is hopeful

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Inciteful, thoughtful, eyeopeing.

As a white feminist, I was blind spotted in my opinion, to "others' Against White Feminism is an eye opener.

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Makes me see feminism through a new lens

Very helpful analysis, particularly the insights on topics of honour killing and 'choice' feminism. It has made me reflect on feminism in a whole new way, thank you.

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a real eye opener

This book is incredibly thought provoking and explores issues race and feminism in an honest and open way. As a white person who considers herself a feminist, I found this really insightful and highly recommend it to anyone who wants to be more aware of how we (as a collective human race) can do better in striving for equality for all.