“The thinking espoused in Cottle’s piece is not so much a feminist reaction to Michelle Obama’s tenure as first lady as it is a very specific white feminist reaction. It is a reaction that suggests that a feminist’s true concerns should be political and actionable through policy initiatives that further a white feminist agenda. It is a reaction that willfully ignores how feminist and groundbreaking and necessary it is to see a black woman raising her own children and moving through the world the way Michelle Obama does. As Tami Winfrey Harris observes, for Clutch, “I have heard from many black women, including feminist ones, who are delighted to see an African-American woman publicly celebrated in ways that we commonly are not. Michelle Obama is – refreshingly for many of us – lauded for being nurturing, beautiful and stylish as well as whip smart, athletic and strong.”
"…we can’t seem to have more complex feminist conversations beyond whether or not we’re doing feminism well" - and that hinders any progress that can be made.