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Powell's Books Presents Rafia Zakaria in Conversation With Jean Guerrero
Rafia Zakaria’s Against White Feminism (W. W. Norton) is a radically inclusive, intersectional, and transnational approach to the fight for women’s rights. Elite white women have branded feminism, promising an apolitical individual empowerment along with sexual liberation and satisfaction, LGBTQ inclusion, and racial solidarity. As Zakaria expertly argues, those promises have been proven empty and white feminists have leant on their racial privilege and sense of cultural superiority. Drawing on her own experiences as an American Muslim woman, as well as an attorney working on behalf of immigrant women, Zakaria champions a reconstruction of feminism that forges true solidarity by bringing Black and brown voices and goals to the fore. Ranging from the savior complex of British feminist imperialists to the condescension of the white feminist–led “development industrial complex” and the conflation of sexual liberation as the “sum total of empowerment,” Zakaria presents an eye-opening indictment of how whiteness has contributed to a feminist movement that solely serves the interests of upper middle-class white women. Zakaria will be joined in conversation by Jean Guerrero, op-ed columnist for the Los Angeles Times and author of Hatemonger: Stephen Miller, Donald Trump, and the White Nationalist Agenda and Crux: A Cross-Border Memoir.

Aug 19, 2021 05:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Rafia Zakaria
Rafia Zakaria is the author of The Upstairs Wife: An Intimate History of Pakistan, Veil, and many essays for the Guardian, CNN, and the New York Times Book Review. She is a regular columnist for Dawn in Pakistan and the Baffler in the United States.
Jean Guerrero
Jean Guerrero is an Op-ed columnist for the Los Angeles Times. She is the author of Hatemonger: Stephen Miller, Donald Trump and the White Nationalist Agenda and Crux: A Cross-Border Memoir, which won a PEN Literary Award and was named one of NPR's Best Books of 2019. Her writing has been featured in Vanity Fair, Politico, The Nation, Wired, the New York Times, Jezebel, Remezcla, the Washington Post and Best American Essays 2019 by Rebecca Solnit. Formerly, she was an Emmy-winning border reporter for KPBS, contributing to NPR and the PBS NewsHour. She started her career at the Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires as a foreign correspondent in Mexico City.