Intersectionality 101

A Brief Overview:

This video is designed to inform the notion of intersectionality to the general population. In this video, we will identify the definition of intersectionality and point out its importance in people’s daily lives.

Intersectionality refers to the fact that what are often perceived as disparate form of oppression, like racism, classism, sexism, and xenophobia, are mutually dependent and intersecting in nature, and together they compose a unified system of oppression. It also refers to simultaneous experiences of categorical and hierarchical classifications. There classifications include age, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, etc.

This video also provides a brief description on the history of the notion of intersectionality. The term intersectionality itself is attributed to legal scholar Kimberle Crenshaw and her 1989 essay “Mapping the Margin: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence Against Women of Color.” Although the actual notion behind intersectionality extends further back to as early as 19th century, this notion has been brought to public attention by women of colors in the late 20th century.

One thing that the I really wish the viewers could take away from this video is that intersectionality exists in real world, and it really matters in creating the diversity in life experiences.


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