Intersectional feminism

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Published on December 7, 2016

Author: BrookeKidder


1. Intersectional Feminism By Brooke Kidder

2. “The failure of academic feminists to recognize difference as a crucial strength is a failure to reach beyond the first patriarchal lesson. In our world, divide and conquer must become define and empower. “ - Audre Lorde

3. What is intersectionality? - Kimberle Crenshaw was the first person to use the concept of intersectionality. - Intersectionality is a framework of examining the ways in which oppression and domination overlap in individual social identities.

4. - A helpful chart to consider when looking at personal privileges as well as others - Not a definite! Some privileges depend on geography or other factors - What is socially normal can change over time

5. What is privilege? - An unearned right, advantage, or immunity granted or available only to some people or groups of people while oppressing - Often used in intersectionality when discussing the power afforded to those who meet the “normal” standards of society - Much more nuanced than just a blanket statement.

6. Intersectionality is not just for the oppressed - All people, male, female, black, white, latino, gay, straight, and on and on benefit from an intersectional approach - It may be uncomfortable to recognize the domination and oppression present in your life, but ignoring it won’t make it go away

7. Intersectionality is personal - Reflection on individual experiences with both power and oppression - Each individual should know and understand where they stand in a breakdown of crossroads

8. Intersectionality is inclusive - There is no one universal experience of womanhood - Traditional feminism mostly included mostly white, credentialed women, which excluded the many women, black, queer, poor, and such, who did not fit that into that small, privileged category - It is important to recognize these differences are important to building a society for all, not used to

9. Intersectionality requires empathy - Some people will have more privilege than others, there will be things that have not/will not experience - Realizing your own privilege will help you to see so much of what is accepted as normal is a social construct - Intersectionality helps to understand others

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