this symbol does not represent mainstream feminism
this is the symbol for black feminism, that black feminists have created and been using for decades to represent our struggle against anti-black misogyny, hence the combination of the…
This isn’t really true though. The clenched fist as a symbol of political resistance isn’t the intellectual property of the black liberation movement. The black power fist is a popular usage of the clenched fist symbol, but it is not the only use of the clenched fist or even the first.
The clenched fist has been used by various radical groups dating back to the early 1900’s. I don’t know who the true “first” to use it was, but I know it was a used by the IWW (the Industrial Workers of the World), who were founded in 1905. You can find it in pro-Bolshevik propaganda before and after the Russian Revolution. Giving the clenched fist was even the official salute of the Popular Front during the Spanish Civil War in the late 30’s.
Essentially, the clenched fist is an Old Left symbol of anti-facism/anti-capitalism that was recontextualized by the New Left/social liberation movements in the 60’s and 70’s. Some people attribute the popularization of the clenched fist as the visual icon of resistance/solidarity that it is today to the Taller de Grafica Popular (People’s Graphic Workshop), a Mexican artist’s collective/printshop that was founded in the late 30’s and was heavily influenced by Trotskyist socialism and influenced, in turn, a lot of mid-century North American political artists.
But moving into the 60’s and 70’s, the clenched fist was basically *appropriated by almost every social liberation movement within the New Left. It never belonged to any one person or struggle.The fist was not only about demonstrating personal resistance, but about showing solidarity with others who are also resisting.
Like the Gay Liberation Movement, the Prison Abolition Movement, etc etc, the women’s lib used the clenched fist for their own ends. The clenched fist inside the venus symbol appeared on the cover of 1970’s Sisterhood is Powerful, which was an anthology of feminist writings that includes both white and black authors. It was never exclusive to black feminists and saying its modern usage is appropriation of black feminism specifically is simultaneously historically inaccurate and attempts to make the clenched fist a relic of a static past, as opposed to a symbol that still carries and creates new meaning today.
tldr; the original post is wrong.