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Intersectionality

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Transcript of Intersectionality

Intersectionality
Souls of Black Folk- Du Bois
A Room of One's Own- Wolfe
"...the Negro is a sort of seventh son, born with a veil, and gifted with the second-sight in this American world, - a world which yields him no true self-consciousness, but only lets him see himself through the revelation of the other world. It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at ones self through the eyes of others, of measuring one's soul by the tape o a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity. One ever feels his two-ness,- an American, a Negro; two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder." (10-11)
“A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction; and that, as you will see, leaves the great problem of the true nature of woman and the true nature of fiction unsolved.”
Intersectionality-
-first coined by Kimberlé Crenshaw

- examines the ways in which biological, cultural, and social embodiments interact in a body

-This includes things like race, class, gender performance, religion, sexual orientation, ability, ethnicity

-gets to the heart of issues of multiple disenfranchisment, and cultural mobility

-various degrees of visibility
Simultaneous embodiments

You can't turn off embodiments
Various levels of privilege and access possible

ex- race and sexual orientation
appropriation, isolation and theft
many theorist who claim intersectional work fail
to acknowledge race and difference, thus perpetuatng the systems of academic violence intersectionality seeks to address

-refusal to even acknowledge Crenshaw
avoiding intersectionality isolates bodies
ex: the "Black vote", the "Woman" vote, the "Gay" vote
Matrix of Domination- coined by Patricia Hill Collins
-research and study in the various ways a body may experience domination and discrimination
- "Feminism" appropriating language of intersectionality while still engaging in violence
- Expectation for intersectional bodies to be "Academic Mammys"
-ex: solidarity is for white women
Why is intersectionaliaty important?
-"queerness is where our hope lies” – bell hooks
in response to a question about the space for and potentialities in genderqueerness and transness in a feminist discourse about bodies. 5th November 2013, Tishman Auditorium at The New School
Baby Veronica
-Theft of Indigenous Children
-"Feminist" Silence
Marissa Alexander
"Stand Your Ground"
Denial of Civil Rights
Renisha McBride
-"Feminist Silence"
-Discourse of Victim Blaming
CeCe McDonald
"Feminist" Silence
Discourse of Victim Blaming
#Solidarityisforwhitewomen
-Theft and erasure of bodies
Image pulled from Library of Congress
Crenshaw created the theory to address sexual violence against Black women and lack of police response or investigation
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