Intersectionality Then and Now
“Instead of blaming the voices that highlight problems, we need to examine the structures of power that so successfully resist change.”
Intersectionality was a lived reality before it became a term.
What is Intersectionality? Intersectionality describes how different forms of discrimination can interact and overlap (racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, etc.). The term Intersectionality was first a concept by Kimberle Crenshaw in a paper illustrating how black women were often marginalized by both feminist and anti-racist movements because their concerns did not fit comfortably within either group. It is necessary for feminists to take into account the needs of women from a variety of backgrounds when considering social questions and issues to advocate for.
The term was originally used to describe how race and gender could intersect as forms of oppression. It is now used to encompass a number of additional social factors — sexual orientation, nationality, class, disability