Serving Up a Hot Slice of Intersectional Feminism
Intersectionality is important when it come to feminism...and also pizza.
Youtube personality Akilah Hughes is getting a little cheesy with her feminism. In a effort to educate her readers on the increasingly discussed concept of intersectionality, the New York based comedian and writer made a magical four minute long video in which she breaks down the concept using some tasty symbols. “On Intersectionality in Feminism and Pizza” is a comedic and educational delight.
Using burgers as stand ins for men, pizza as women, cheese pizza as white women, and the delicious deluxe pizza as a symbol for women who are “any combination of gay, bi, trans, POC, etc.” Hughes explains some heavy and complex issues with a supremely internet friendly approach.
The video was created as a direct response to Patricia Arquette’s feminist rallying cry at the Oscars, quickly criticized as a misguided hallmark of white privilege in feminism, as well as Deadline writer Nellie Andreeva’s questionable statements about Hollywood diversity.
“I think it's time we talk about feminism a little differently/more inclusively on YouTube,” explains Hughes. “While it’s great and delightful to have such broad discussions about sexism and feminism on the internet, it’s pretty clear that the majority of the issues deemed worthy of discussion seem to only highlight the plight of white women. We’re all hoping that one day women will be treated as equals on a societal level with men, but in the meantime, it would be nice if we could talk about the issues maybe a little more pressing like the lack of media coverage when intersectional women go missing, or the reality of the pay gap. We gotta do better!”