Rafia Zakaria

Cindy Seip

American Muslim attorney and political philosopher 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 U.S. Upper-middle-class white women have long been heralded as “experts” on feminism. They have presided over multinational feminist organizations and written much of what we consider the feminist canon, espousing sexual liberation and satisfaction, LGBTQ inclusion, and racial solidarity – all while speaking over Black and brown women, and upholding privilege and perceived cultural superiority. In Against White Feminism: Notes on Disruption (W. W. Norton & Company), Zakaria calls for a radically inclusive, intersectional, and transnational approach to fighting for women’s rights. Ultimately, she refutes and reimagines the apolitical aspirations of white feminist empowerment in this radical critique with Black and brown feminist thought at the forefront. Kate Mann, author of Down Girl, called it a “brilliant, bracing, and deeply necessary text. Showing how feminism had systematically centered white women’s voices and excluded others’, this is a polemic that couldn’t be more urgent in improving feminism as a movement.”