Few years ago feminism came into my life, in a very formal way, it came from university, with a clear structure, I felt so happy to have known it, because there I discovered that I am a privileged woman, since many women in the world they have not had the possibility to know it, or what is worse to understand it, feminism helped me to break many stigmas, deconstruct and learn again.
For many years I declared myself a feminist, I had debates with men and women who did not believe in it or did not want to accept the situation of inequality in which women find ourselves, it was extremely difficult to have a debate, and there were some things that did not identify me. A few years later, also in a formal way, at the university I got to know other types of feminisms, such as decolonial, Muslim, black, ecological, etc.
For me, that knowledge opened my mind and I realized that feminism is not just one, there are many, because sometimes the feminism that we learn in the streets, in books, does not cover the needs of all women in the world.
From my personal perspective, now I consider myself a decolonial feminist, I am a woman, but I am also a rationalized woman, of Latin American origin, I am not only at a disadvantage because being a woman, but I am also a victim of racism and those two disadvantages go hand in hand and sometimes feminism doesn't understand it.
Like me, there are millions of women in the world who do not feel identified with the movement, it is not responding to all their needs, they also want to be heard and understood to continue fighting for their rights.
Next, I will make a small introduction to the different types of feminism. There are more feminisms, but these are the ones that interest me the most.
1. Liberal Feminism: According to Prudencia Gutiérrez Esteban and María Rosa Luengo González, is concerned with expanding the legal, political and labor rights of middle-class women ”(2011, p. 336). To this current belong, women such as the former presidential candidate of the United States, Hillary Clinton, or those people who consider that women are in economic inequality due to the lack of job opportunities.
2. Decolonial Feminism: Also called "of the margins" or "of the third wave", it is the one of a rupture with the idea of the common, of the supposed existence of a feminine community with shared interests, because the religious differences, of class, national, racial, etc. they are often the scene of conflict and give rise to very different ways of understanding the struggle for their rights. Many authors begin to criticize the complicities of feminism with racist or elitist discourses that do not recognize their preferences or desires.
3. Black Feminism: Black feminist consciousness arises from an understanding of intersecting patterns of discrimination. If race and gender are studied as separate categories, it cannot be explained how attitudes can change because of cross pressures to subordinate the interests of black women.
4. Ecological feminism: They are related to the social roles that women have played in relation to nature. Specifically, they point to the role of caregivers of others and survival strategists, and with the fact that, having less private property than men, they depend more on public or communal resources. To which must be added his knowledge of agriculture and traditional medicine.
Now you know that feminism is not one, there are many types who try to respond to the specific needs of women and people who support the movement around the world, hopefully one day the oppression of women, racism, classism will end and all kinds of inequalities too.