The recent news story about a man who attacked three separate groups -- a Planned Parenthood office, a mosque, and a church he deemed supporting the LGBTQ community -- is another example of something true feminists have known all along: You cannot advocate for the rights of one oppressed group without acknowledging the interconnectedness of the struggles of all oppressed people in society.
The story touches a personal nerve, as a Muslim feminist who has been asked, "How can you be Muslim and feminist at the same time?" The question came after a biased attack following 9/11, when I was almost run over because a white man decided the way I looked meant I loved America less than him. More recently, I had a frustrating conversation with a well-known feminist who said Islam was the biggest threat the world faces -- more dangerous than the threats to the environment.
NOW – NYS Young Feminist Task Force, Chair
National Organization for Women (NOW)