|This webpage gives us more explanation of intersectionality|
Intersectionality is the action of looking into the multiple different characteristics that make up a person. In a more simplistic perspective, intersectionality is “not judging a book by its cover”. The idiom can be interpreted as not making assumptions and judgements about a person based on the way they look. “The idea of intersectionality comes in hand for people who wish to help in social changes. After getting to know someone, we learn other traits such as their sexual orientation, religion, and nationality. Learning how people identify themselves is an important part of practicing intersectionality” (Pazmino, paragraph 3). As Denise Pazmino helps us to better understand, it is more complex and people have different encounters and can relate to different social groups. One of the reasons for why intersectionality is used in helping social groups is because it lets people know that a person cannot feel oppressed by different groups at different times, instead they all intertwine with each other. “Move beyond single identities or group-specific concerns, which are ineffective in explaining the nuances of human lives; in this way, important information about the unfair impacts of politics and policies is less likely to ‘fall through the cracks’” (Hankivsky pp. 7).
After having learned about intersectionality, it is more understanding how the LGBTQ community falls under an umbrella, and there are different subgroups. The trans community is often interpreted as a group when being helped out without knowing that it is more complex than just changing your sex. Within the trans community there are FTM, MTF, transgender, transsexual and more. As deep as it goes it can start from a person’s background, religion, etc. There is also a better understanding for my own intersectionality and the groups I identified with. I argue about people mixing up other people’s sex with their sexual preference. Both sex and sexual preference make up who a person is.
Kimberle Crenshaw is a legal race scholar who made up the theory. Crenshaw is very influential with her writing, "Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex: A Black Feminist Critique of Antidiscrimination Doctrine, Feminist Theory and Antiracist Politics” she is able to explain the different types of social groups a black women faces and how falling under different categories they feel inequality when being treated differently or that they are treated the same making them feel different (Crenshaw, pp. 148-149). “This apparent contradiction is but another manifestation of the conceptual limitations of the single-issue analyses that intersectionality challenges. The point is that Black women can experience discrimination in any number of ways and that
the contradiction arises from our assumptions that their claims of exclusion must be unidirectional” (Crenshaw, pp. 149). The overall theory that can be used with many social justice groups is to look for a solution that can help out not only one social group but more than one at a time. I feel that it is very important in doing so to be able to correctly understand the oppressions faced by an individual. The example that helped me understand is from the webpage in which Pazmino wrote her article. There is a quote from one of the slides, “ A WOC doesn't face racism and sexism separately. The sexism she faces is often racialized and the racism she faces is often sexuali
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