This necessary book is a critique of how whiteness (not white women) has infiltrated feminism and how it should be razor-bladed out of the current form…Zakaria is a warm-hearted and sharp-eyed writer that brings compassion, intelligence, and a steady drumbeat of change to redefining term—feminism—a word that is old and soggy and full of white ladies yelling about things. This book is going to light fires everywhere, so if you are prone to combust, get right the hell out of the way.—Kerri Arsenault, Literary Hub
Attorney and journalist Zakaria (Veil) makes a lucid and persuasive argument that feminism must address its “problematic genealogies” of whiteness… Tackling complex philosophical ideas with clarity and insight, Zakaria builds an impeccable case for the need to rebuild feminism from the ground up. Readers will want to heed this clarion call for change.
Rafia Zakaria’s Against White Feminism is the book I have been waiting for. This landmark work will forever change how we view the feminist movement and our place in it.
—Sonia Faleiro, author of Beautiful Thing
Zakaria’s Against White Feminism is a brilliant, bracing, and deeply necessary text. Showing how feminism had systematically centered white women’s voices, and excluded others’, this is a polemic that couldn’t be more urgent in improving feminism as a movement.
—Kate Manne, author of Down Girl
Intellectually resourceful and passionately argued, Rafia Zakaria’s sharp and salutary essay expands and refines our ideas of freedom, justice and equity.—Pankaj Mishra, author of Bland Fanatics: Liberals, Race, and Empire
Full of painful truths about how one kind of feminism can dominate and silence women. A fantastic book.—Nadifa Mohamed, author of The Fortune Men
This ambitious, elegant and brilliantly argued polemic shows us how white supremacy harms Black and brown women, and offers a different politics in its place. I am grateful for this book.—Myriam Chingona Gurba De Serrano, author of Mean
Zakaria’s frank, spirited critique of feminism’s historical complicity with empire and capital, its appalling insularity, and its deep-seated provincialism opens onto a shimmering vision of true solidarity. This is, quite simply, a transformative book.—Merve Emre, author of The Annotated Mrs. Dalloway