Australia’s feminism is different shades of white
The lack of media support for local hip-hop artists paired up with Australia’s systematic erasure of people of colour has resulted in a strange phenomenon where white women in Australia fervently consume the aesthetics of hip-hop feminism through the lens of Beyoncé (“YASSS QUEEN!”), but quickly bypass the critical thinking attached to her political message.
They take twerking and voguing lessons like it’s the new bikram yoga but they don’t question why there’s no women of colour around them. They go crazy when ‘Formation’ is dropped on the dancefloor and are aware of the Black Lives Matters movement, but they remain ignorant about the extremely high rates of incarceration and killings of Indigenous people in their own country.
In 2019, all statistics point out that Indigenous women are severely more at risk of death, suicide, incarceration, unemployment, domestic violence, sexual assault and rape than their non-Indigenous counterpart. Yet, to date, there hasn’t been a single Indigenous woman (or black/brown woman) that has gained mass reach as a feminist within Australia.
At home, the feminist canon has remained focused on white, middle class issues. If Australia’s feminism is intersectional only to the extent where white women idolise Beyoncé, we have a problem. We’re basically still stuck in 1902 when the country allowed all women to vote—except Indigenous women who were given the right 60 years later.