Ms. Valenti,

I admire that you've written a self-reflective article about this situation. You may note that a fissure has developed between white women and women of color in the last 3-4 years, perhaps most salient in the observation of the disparity in attendance to Women's Marches in 2016-17 versus more recently.

White women are significantly advantaged by race, an advantage that no other women have. This truly needs to be acknowledged and dealt with directly if we are to move forward. The WOC's around me and including me are becoming exhausted of hearing about feminist issues while racial and ethnic ones are often roundly ignored.

I urge you to look at the one large corporate setting in which white women dominate: writing and publishing. It seems that white women dominate at managerial and editorial positions and hold a large number of executive ones. This, I assume, is in your wheelhouse. White women have long complained about having their necks under the feet of men. Yet, more recent observations indicate that white women are behaving in similar ways. They have co-opted identities and most often written superficial stories from this standpoint, and they show no qualms about the opportunism this represents. This is not much different from the behaviors white men exhibited for centuries which white women had — and still do — criticize.

You probably realize that a group demanding respect which is then unable to exhibit that same respect towards another, less-advantaged group will eventually be perceived as hypocritical. As a society, I believe we may be at that juncture now. White women are behaving like white men in certain settings, yet they maintain a victimhood stance in order to stave off legitimate criticism.

It would be helpful, at this juncture, to have more articles which underline this privilege, not only in for example this specific setting but also in general.

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