As feminist activists on Colby College’s campus we define feminism through bell hooks’s interpretation as “the movement to end sexist oppression,” where sexism is defined as prejudice and discrimination against a non-dominant sex in a community. In the United States’ culture, male has historically been the privileged sex. Feminists are also people who believe in the economic, social, and political equality of all sexes. We aim to provide a space and resources for minorities to voice their experiences within existing power structures. We will challenge long-standing beliefs around feminism through education and activism. In the community that we build, we value respect and acceptance of all members.
Feminism has experienced many waves throughout history, where people with experiences based on race, gender, sexuality, class, ability, and other avenues of oppression have been excluded from the mainstream movement. With this in mind, we promote intersectional feminism as defined by Kimberlé Crenshaw in 1989. Intersectionality is the interconnected nature of social categorizations such as race, class, and gender as they apply to a given individual or group, regarded as creating overlapping and interdependent systems of discrimination or disadvantage.
We will engage in discussions and events with other groups on campus in order to increase awareness of intersectionality and challenge our own privileges. We will promote dialogue in order to raise consciousness among our peers around the ways that feminist issues are multi-faceted and inextricably linked to other experiences of injustice.
With these ideals, we strive to empower those around us, on our campus, in the greater Waterville area, and on a national level.