Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw,civil rights advocate and leading scholar of critical race theory, introduced the concept of intersectionality in 1989. Intersectionalityrefers to the study of overlapping or intersecting social identities and related systems of oppression, domination, or discrimination. It is the idea that multiple identities intersect to create a whole that is different from the component identities. And before Crenshaw’s theory ofintersectionality, the term ‘multiple oppressions’ was used to describe the intersection of race and sex in American feminist theory, and the invisibility of women of color from the white feminist movement.
“The concept of the simultaneity of oppression is still the crux of a Black feminist understanding of political reality and, I believe, one of the most significant ideological contributions of Black feminist thought.”
—Barbara Smith 1983
In 2011 Flavia Dzodan, writing for Tiger Beatdown,stated,”My feminism will be intersectional or it will be bullshit.” This…
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