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“As the founder of a self-funded intersectional publication, intersectionality isn’t just about having other people tell our stories; it’s about providing opportunity and economic access for marginalized Black and brown folks to have autonomy over their lives. -Ravneet Vohra, WYV Founder

Welcome to Wear Your Voice, an intersectional feminist publication. What does intersectionality mean? Well, 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 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.”

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.

It is our hope that white allies will support us making this a safe space for Black and brown women, femmes and non-binary folks, especially under our current administration. As a small, independent publication we will be looking for your financial support so that we can pay our writers well.

Wear Your Voice will be prioritizing Black and brown folks, especially disabled, 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. It is essential that white allies understand that the best way that they can support intersectionality is for them to support people of color by sharing their social capital and economic advantages. This is about equity, not equality.

With these changes brought to Wear Your Voice we have opened up more opportunities for Black writers and writers of color and we are incredibly excited for the future. As we move forward as a publication we encourage you to send us your pitches so that we can continue to make this a truly intersectional space.




 

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Lara Witt is an award-winning feminist writer who primarily writes about feminism, racism, pop-culture, mental health, and politics. Witt received her BA in Journalism from Temple University and interned for Philadelphia CityPaper’s arts and entertainment section and the Philadelphia Daily News covering local news, court stories, and crime. Following her graduation, she became increasingly committed to writing about gender, race, and queer identity by using Black and brown feminist theory to analyze current news and politics. Witt freelanced for national and local publications, which led to her working with Wear Your Voice Magazine eventually becoming their EIC and rebranding the site to focus primarily on using the analytical framework of Dr. Kimberlé Crenshaw’s theory of intersectionality. Witt’s goal is to provide platforms for marginalized voices with a focus on having other Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) writers tell their own stories and explore their own narratives. Witt has spoken at local Philadelphia events, such as the March to End Rape Culture (2017) and curated a yearly series of events called The Electric Lady Series. These events highlight women of color in Philadelphia by exploring gender, rape culture, entrepreneurship, art, self-care, sex, and culture.

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