Narrated ‘Abdullāh ibn ‘Umar (radhīAllāhu ‘anhu):

Allāh’s Apostle (ﷺ) said, “A Muslim is a brother of another Muslim, so he should not oppress him, nor should he hand him over to an oppressor. Whoever fulfilled the needs of his brother, Allāh will fulfill his needs; whoever brought his (Muslim) brother out of a discomfort, Allāh will bring him out of the discomforts of the Day of Resurrection, and whoever screened a Muslim, Allāh will screen him on the Day of Resurrection.”

—  [Sahīh Bukhārī Vol. 3, Hadīth no. 622. Translated by Dr. Muhammad Muhsin Khān]
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Flores Raras, Vinicius Terranova

In “Flores Raras,” Brazilian photographer Vinicius Terranova photographs Lara and Mara, black twins with albanism, and their older sister Sheila, who has a significantly darker skin tone. The stark contrast between the siblings showcases the beauty and diversity of black skin and blackness as an identity and race.

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Sisterhood

The main way feminist “sisterhood” can be realized is if and when women are WILLING and READY to put in serious consistent committed effort into being allies towards one another in a way that is about actively BREAKING DOWN and ultimately DESTROYING the systemic barriers and material conditions that create inequalities and hierarchies between women and girls (all female people).

Ending “girl hate” and supporting “female solidarity” is not just a matter of women and girls being considerate, complimentary, and friendly towards one another, it’s also about – whenever possible –  ADVOCATING for one another and SUPPORTING each other’s overlapping feminist causes, FIGHTING for one another, and DEFENDING each other against oppression.

For “sisterhood” to realistically work:

White women need to aggressively denounce white male domination and altogether white privilege. They need to unlearn their own individual racism and fight against systemic racism. They need to hate white patriarchy and racialized sexism and put effort into disrupting and dismantling it in policing, in employment, in housing, in criminal justice, in prisons, in schools and education, etc.

“Sisterhood” needs anti-whiteness and anti-racism for a solid bridge to be built that non-white women, women of color, and white women can reach one another on as mutual allies against all patriarchal hierarchies.

White women need to do their part educating themselves on these issues and understand why non-white women might be very hesitant to ally with them because of white women’s patterned or common racism and disregard for racialized sexism as a serious compounded oppression combining both racism and sexism.

For “sisterhood” to realistically work:

Het-attracted women need to aggressively denounce heteropatriarchy and heteronormativity. They need to unlearn their own individual anti-LGB prejudices and fight against compulsory heterosexuality. They need to hate institutionalized heterosexuality and put effort into dismantling it. They need to thoroughly criticize AND disrupt how female people are deliberately tracked towards a life of trying to be attractive for and attracted to male people, of partnering with males, of PIV, of motherhood, etc. They need to speak out against the suppression of female same-sex attraction and against hate crimes towards same-sex attracted and partnered women. They need to protest and outwardly condemn unjust anti-LGB laws, doctrines, and discrimination.

“Sisterhood” needs anti-heterosexism and anti-heteronormativity for a solid bridge to be built that same-sex attracted and -partnered women and het-attracted and -partnered women can reach one another on as mutual allies against all patriarchal hierarchies.

Het-attracted and het-partnered women need to do their part educating themselves on these issues and understand why same-sex attracted women might be very hesitant to ally with them because of het-attracted women’s patterned or common lesbiphobia and disregard for lesbian oppression as a serious compounded oppression combining both homophobia and misogyny.

For “sisterhood” to realistically work:

Abled-bodied and neurotypical women need to aggressively denounce ableism. They need to unlearn their own individual ableism and fight against disabled female oppression. They need to hate ableism and ableist misogyny and put effort into dismantling it. They need to fight against mental health stigma, audism, inaccessible services and spaces, violence against disabled women and girls, ableist job discrimination and employment inequity, etc.

“Sisterhood” needs anti-ableism for a solid bridge to be built between able-bodied and -minded women and disabled women to reach one another on as mutual allies against all patriarchal hierarchies.

Able-bodied and -minded women need to do their part educating themselves on these issues and understand why disabled women might be very hesitant to ally with them because of able women’s patterned or common ableism and disregard for disabled oppression and the compounded disabled female oppression of ableism and sexism/misogyny.  

I could go on.

WE – ALL FEMALE PEOPLE - NEED EACH OTHER.

PATRIARCHY’S “DIVIDE & CONQUER” STRATEGY CANNOT WIN.

And for the privileged women who receive scraps from male-founded, male-dominated societies and cultures on various axises: End your traitorous investment in white patriarchy, capitalist patriarchy, and heteropatriarchy. Your ‘privilege’ is your reward for your compliance. You’re just another patriarchal pawn, another “token torturer”, another cog in the wheel.

Take your boot off your would-be sister’s neck and denounce and reject your privileges. Aim to end them by abolishing the systems that gave them to you in the first place!


(I also think an important part of a realistic sisterhood is feminists respecting each other’s political and organizational boundaries.

For example: I’m not against women’s separatist organizations or movements.

If black women want to organize only with one another, I support them and non-black women should too.

I also would support any other group of non-white women organizing around their shared racial and ethnic oppression in addition to the sexism that oppresses them.

If lesbians want to organize on their own without het-attracted women present, I support them and non-lesbian women should too.

If disabled women want to organize on their own without able women present, I support them and non-disabled women should too.

Etc).