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Mikki Kendall is a really engaging writer. She makes these difficult topics more accessible by relating them to her experiences, those of people who she knows, and making the connections between seemingly isolated ideas. Everything is interconnected and by finding that tissue, we can better work to dismantle the systems that harm us. There are also powerful calls to action for white feminists who can be more in community with BIPOC women.

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At times I found the book a bit meandering and more hard to follow (but I recognize that it is mostly on me and my lacking of knowledge/expertise). For example, some of the references flew right over my head, given that they are mostly based on USA's history, society and culture/media and that I am not 100% familiar with them. 

What I appreciated the most was the intersectionality, the broad focus on all aspects of social justice relating to race, class, gender and sexuality. 

Without a doubt it was an important and eye-opening reading experience, that really made me understand the necessity to keep learning and trying to translate what I learn into effective action and behaviour.

Real feminism (if such a thing can be defined) isn't going to be found in replicating racist, transphobic, homophobic, ableist, or classit norms. But we are all human, all flawed in our ways, and perhaps most important, none of us are immune to the environment  that surrounds us. We are part of the society that 
we are fighting to change, and we cannot absolve ourselves of our role in it. 

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I was about 13 or 14 when I first learned what feminism was, supposedly. My relationship with feminism since (I am now 21) has changed dramatically. I once asked my older brother why he would not identify as a feminist either... in short, he said the modern feminist movement is all over the place and that "back then" the different waves had more focused goals, like suffrage or abortion. Since then I have some books either on feminism and it makes so much sense why he sees it that way. 

What I enjoyed so much about this book is it forces us to challenge not only white feminism and white s*premacy, but to ask ourselves what is actually being centered in feminism altogether, especially to those who consider ourselves allies not just to women who look like us. This book helps us all learn about how white s*premacy, cissexism, classism, and other isms have seeped into every aspect of women's lives (cis, trans, gnc), aspects we do not necessarily consider feminist because some of the most sensationalized feminist topics include abortion, sexual objectification, or gender roles. Instead, or rather more fiercely, we need to address, discuss, and combat issues of survival for ALL women such as gun violence, poverty and a lack of quality healthcare. 

This book is for everyone also who thinks that just because we aren't Karens, that we can't embody some characteristics of Karens in feminism. 

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