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Jessica Frank

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Transcript of Intersectionality

'a framework that must be applied to all social justice work'
in Deaf Studies
Always self-reflect
Increase efforts to incorporate stories of other Deaf intersectional identities
Recognize that Deaf narratives may not be all-inclusive or 'one-size-fits-all'
Allow the Deaf narrative to evolve to address multiple realities
Acknowledge when the Deaf narrative needs to be decentralized
Deaf Intersectionalities
Deaf Blind
'People of the eye' comments are not inclusive
Deaf Disabled
Deaf people experience able-bodied privilege
Deaf Latinos
Recognize multilinguals and consider immigration/citizenship issues
Deaf Blacks/African Americans
Recognize how educational segregation has impacted this community
Deaf Women
Deaf women experience high rates of sexual violence
Deaf Women of Color
Experience oppression in terms of gender and race
The process of coming out may often be difficult as the Deaf community is a small one
Defining Intersectionality
"a frame that recognizes the multiple aspects of identity that enrich our lives and experiences and that compound and complicate oppressions and marginalizations"
(EverydayFeminism 2008)

The intersection of
two or more
systems of oppression or marginalized identities
Intersectionality is 'a woven basket'
The recognition that all identities hold equal significance
Critical to ensuring that all points of view are incorporated, and take into consideration multiple realities
Ex: Black Women & DV/SV
An Intersectional Approach Recognizes...
The following factors as pivotal to identity, experience and privilege:
Class (Classism)
Race (Racism)
Ethnicity (Ethnocentrism)
Gender (Sexism, Transphobia)
Sexuality (Homophobia)
Disability (Ableism, Audism, Oralism)
Religion (Religious bigotry)

What does incorporating intersectionality in Deaf studies signify?
Coined by Kimberle Crenshaw, a legal scholar, in 1989
Addressed a case in which black women were being discriminated against
Noted the lack of term that recognized the 'overlapping' systems of oppression culturally and legally
Class Discussion
In groups of four - five, discuss what ways your identities may be intersectional. If your identities are not intersectional, then you may acknowledge your privileges. Consider the following questions:

The part of my identity that I am most aware of on a daily basis is_________.
The part of my identity that was most emphasized or important in my family growing up was _________.
The part of my identity that I wish I knew more about is _________.
The part of my identity that provides me the most privilege is _________.
The part of my identity that I believe is the most misunderstood by others is _________.
The part of my identity that makes me feel discriminated against is _________.
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