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Intersectionality – A Resource for Students and Scholars

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This wiki about INTERSECTIONALITY was built by the Women's & Gender Studies Capstone class of 2016 at Eastern Washington University. It is meant to be an enduring resource for students and scholars. If you would like to contribute, please contact [editor] or [editor] for access. 


What is Intersectionality?

"Intersectionality is a framework that must be applied to all social justice work, a frame that recognizes the multiple aspects of identity that enrich our lives and experiences and that compound and complicate oppressions and marginalizations. A lack of intersectionality leads to an erasure of people and their identities."

-Jarune Uwujaren & Jamie Utt, "Why Our Feminism Must Be Intersectional", Everyday Feminism, January 11, 2015


"My feminism will be intersectional or it will be bullshit."

- Flavia Dzodan, MY FEMINISM WILL BE INTERSECTIONAL OR IT WILL BE BULLSHIT!, Tiger Beatdown, October 10, 2011


Understanding Privilege And Oppression


Intesectionality is represented as a dialectic of privilege and oppression in this diagram Mary Crawford’s 2006 textbook Transformations: Women, Gender, and Psychology (New York: McGraw-Hill):



[Longer, more sophisticated definition goes here]


Geneaology of Intersectionality

An abbreviated history of feminist intersectional thinking, adapted from Ange-Marie Hancock, Intersectionality: An Intellectual History (Oxford University Press, 2015).



Intersectionality Projects

Feminist work on intersectionality consists mainly two intellectual projects: (1) the political action of making visible the previously invisible effects of interlocking oppressions, and (2) an analytic approach to the relationships among categories of identity; that is, race, gender, sexuality, class, age, disability, nationality, etc., are mutually constitutive. 


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