I have a question about “intersectionality.” My question is if someone’s intersectional identity can only have factors in it including their race, gender, and sexuality. The examples I remember hearing about in the Kimberlé Crenshaw video were black women and Jewish women.[1] Probably because, in the video, the interviewer identifies herself “intersectionally” as being a Jewish woman while the interviewee is a black woman. Would someone who states that they identify their own intersectionality as being a “girly, white woman” even exist? I feel as though people get discriminated against for all types of things. There is not just sexism, racism, and homophobia in the world, although those are the three biggest and most common types of discrimination. My question, more specifically would be whether or not somebody “is allowed to” intersectionally identify themselves as being a “girly Cuban American.” Although I would never quest146048ion someone on how they identify themselves, I would question the choice to include the word “girly” in that sentence. Is being “girly” so much of a part of who you are that you just cannot live it out of your description of yourself in any situation whatsoever? Have you been discriminated on your so-called “girliness” that you had to include it in your identification of your intersectionality? I do not know how to answer either of these questions myself. However, I do know that it is not okay, by any means to discriminate, no matter how someone identifies. That is exactly the reason why “white feminism” is simply not okay. “White feminism is feminism that ignores intersectionality.”[2] First of all, feminism ignoring anything kind of invalidates it’s exact definition, it’s just not right (I am using feminism analogous with equality here.). If you ignore a part of someone’s identity, being as an intersectional identity describes ALL of the parts that make up a person that could be potential triggers for discrimination, they are not achieving complete equality at all. Even the word, “white feminism,” makes exactly no sense to me. You cannot describe a word analogous with equality (“feminism”) with a single adjective. This is especially wrong when the adjective may possibly be used to describe the color of someone’s skin. I can flat out state that I think that “white feminism” is just plain wrong. Intersectionality is important because it makes sure that when fighting for the rights of the majority the minority are just as recognized and acknowledged and, therefore by association, achieve those rights as well. This was much better explained in the video, “On Intersectionality in Feminism and Pizza” on Youtube.[3]



[1] Lafayette College. 2015. “Kimberlé Crenshaw Discusses ‘Intersectional Feminism.’” YouTube website (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROwquxC_Gxc).

[2] The Huffington Post. 2015. “Why We Need to Talk About White Feminism.” YouTube website (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNdZcegK1lQ).

[3] Smoothiefreak. 2015. “On Intersectionality in Feminism and Pizza.” YouTube website (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgK3NFvGp58).