“When I flipped through the pages of my favorite magazines growing up, I never saw images that I could relate to; I did not feel seen or heard. I realized later in life that media had been the source for many of my insecurities, and I knew if I didn’t see myself represented in the media, other people, especially marginalized people of color, didn’t see themselves represented either. I decided that I wanted to change that, so I took the essence of a glossy lifestyle magazine and put an intersectional feminist spin on it, and out of this was borne Wear Your Voice Magazine, a magazine to redefine the way we as people are represented in the media.”
WYV Founder, Ravneet Vohra
Welcome to Wear Your Voice, an intersectional feminist publication! Wear Your Voice is run by women and femmes of color who are trying to make more room for marginalized voices away from the white, cis-centric, heteronormative, patriarchal gaze.
What does intersectionality mean? The term was coined by critical race theorist and law professor, Kimberlé Crenshaw, with the intention of drawing attention to the specific kinds of oppression faced by Black women.
In a piece she wrote for the Washington Post, Crenshaw describes intersectionality with the following: “Racial and gender discrimination overlapped not only in the workplace but in other arenas of life; equally significant, these burdens were almost completely absent from feminist and anti-racist advocacy. Intersectionality, then, was my attempt to make feminism, anti-racist activism, and anti-discrimination law do what I thought they should — highlight the multiple avenues through which racial and gender oppression were experienced so that the problems would be easier to discuss and understand.”
How do we apply this? As an intersectional feminist publication, it is our responsibility as writers and editors to highlight and prioritize the voices of Black women and femmes by honoring Crenshaw’s words. We must carve out spaces for ourselves because we are systematically kept out of white-dominated spaces and if we aren’t kept out, we are tokenized and paid less than our white counterparts.
Wear Your Voice will be prioritizing the perspectives of Black and brown folks, especially queer, trans and non binary people of color because it is crucial to pay writers of color for their labor and creative contributions to society. We must reclaim our narratives and be paid for our own experiences instead of having others telling our stories for us.