White Women’s Tears: Unpacking Sexism & White Privilege

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While our tears have been a useful and sometimes necessary tool to navigate patriarchy, they can easily be weaponized with People of Color.

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“The belief about our goodness and the ‘threat’ that recognizing our collusion with racism poses to our sense of goodness is so deeply ingrained in white women that the tears often seem to well up with no conscious thought. We play into the myth of white female innocence. We may even claim the Person of Color, ‘made me cry,’ instead of recognizing how we are asserting white supremacy through an act that seemingly makes us appear victimized.”
- Ilsa Govan and Tilman Smith

The act of white women crying and the response to our tears offers a clear example of the intersection of sexism and white privilege. While our tears have been a useful and sometimes necessary tool to navigate patriarchy, they can easily be weaponized with People of Color. As two self-identified criers, the facilitators will share personal stories of when and how white women cry in mixed-race settings and the impact of this emotional response.

We’ll examine how crying can show up differently in stages of the model of anti-racist identity development outlined in the book, What’s Up with White Women Unpacking Sexism and White Privilege in Pursuit of Racial Justice.

We propose there is a connection between a learned behavior that helps us navigate sexism and an assertion of our racial superiority.

Session Objectives:

  • Unpack the ways sexism and white privilege lead to white women’s tears and the resulting impact on People of Color.
  • Explore ways to stay engaged and not derail the conversation as white women when we do cry.

Clock Hours & CEUs:

  • 3 CEUs by the Washington State Chapter, National Association of Social Workers (NASW) for Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists and Licensed Mental Health Counselors. Our Provider number is #1975-369
  • 3 Clock Hours available for Washington State Certificated Teachers.

Accompanying Reading: We recommend pre-reading What’s Up with White Women? Unpacking Sexism and White Privilege in Pursuit of Racial Justice, particularly Chapter 10, “White Women’s Tears”.

Facilitated by: Ilsa Govan & Tilman Smith

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Cultures Connecting provides consulting, professional development workshops, coaching, one-on-one diversity leadership support, and keynotes to assist organizations in entering into conversations about race, culture, and social justice. 

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