13-year-old Girl Meets World star Rowan Blanchard has yet to attain her high school diploma — but she just schooled the internet about white feminism and intersectional feminism. On her personal Tumblr, a reader asked her for her opinion on the term “white feminism,” and “how common feminism might exclude women of color and non cis/queer women (ex: women are stronger [sic] bc they have periods! or men don’t [sic] have to think about how they dress when in public!).” Blanchard, who is part of the UN Women’s #HeForShe team (along with Emma Watson), responded not only eloquently and articulately, but also with a breadth of understanding and knowledge that most adults still struggle with. Black women are not,” Stenberg wrote on Instagram, noting that black women are shamed for the features they are born with, while white women like Kim Kardashian are celebrated for their voluptuous figures.
The world may be oversaturated with Kardashian-Jenner news, but sometimes—like, now—it’s actually worth reading. Kylie Jenner (and Miley Cyrus, Amanda Seyfried, and Khloe Kardashian… but mostly Kylie Jenner) has been catching a lot of flack, lately, for her recent affinity for wearing her hair in cornrows. Led by teen actress Amandla Stenberg, critics of Jenner have been quick to call her out what they see as racial and cultural appropriation.
Chances are, you know Amandla Stenberg for her role in The Hunger Games, playing an adorable little girl named Rue who (SPOILER ALERT) dies. Stenberg and a friend originally made this clip, titled “Don’t Cash Crop On My Cornrows,” for their high school history class three months ago. While racial and cultural appropriation are topics we’ve been discussing a lot lately (and frequently in a highly charged manner), it’s not often we hear the facts of the matter laid out so clearly—especially from someone as young as Stenberg.