by Hannah Brancato
As the co-founder of FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture, I’ve had many big picture conversations with friends and family since the recent presidential election about what resistance can and should look like during the Trump presidency. I’ve been reminded of how hard it is for people to look past their own situations and how pressing it is to see our struggles as connected. I am a white woman and I’ve found that the conversation begins with gender. I always try to bring up the fact that we can’t talk about gender or gender-based violence without talking about race, ability, and sexual orientation. A lot of times, this idea is met with confusion, anger and resistance by other white women. In turn, I often become frustrated, angry, even confused. I’ve been reflecting a lot on how to be effective and compassionate in communicating the urgency of intersectionality, especially to other white women. So much is at stake and at the same time people don’t know what they don’t know. I want to walk beside people as they learn, as other people did (and do) for me. In that context, I want to share about a project that I am a part of, how I show up in it as a white women, and the ways in which it manifests the idea of intersectionality. What follows is credited to all of the indigenous people and people of color who have educated me and influenced my understanding of intersectionality.