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Friday, February 09, 2018

Definitions for intersectionality

  1. the theory that the overlap of various social identities, as race, gender, sexuality, and class, contributes to the specific type ofsystemic oppression and discrimination experienced by an individual (often used attributively): Her paper uses a queer intersectionality approach.
  2. the oppression and discrimination resulting from the overlap of an individual’s various social identities: the intersectionality of oppression experienced by black women.

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Citations for intersectionality
Intersectionality tells us that there is no one singular experience for women because of the way gender works in conjunction with race, ethnicity, social class, and sexuality. Anna Diamond, "Making the Invisible Visible," Slate, September 3, 2015
... flippant or vague references to "intersectionality" abound and can serve to obscure a profound critique of deeply entrenched cognitive habits that inform feminist and antiracist thinking about oppression and privilege. Anna Carastathis, Intersectionality: Origins, Contestations, Horizons, 2016
Origin of intersectionality
1989
Intersectionality was coined by legal scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw. It entered English in 1989.