Intersectionality is described in the video Kimberle Crenshaw Discusses Intersectional Feminism as the differences in life experiences that people have based on a number of different identities that they may have. These “identities” include descriptions involving religion, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, etc. that set us apart from one another. Intersectional Feminism is the different feministic experiences that people have based on these identities. In this video, Kimberle Crenshaw casts a light on feminism as it relates to the African American community. One of the topics discussed in the video was the lack of attention that women have received in the Black Lives Matter movement. In the news, we typically only hear stories of police violence on black men, but rarely of police violence against black women. An explanation of this that Crenshaw gave was that people try to label this issue as being about “competing masculinity.” However, this seems to be a cover to a much bigger issue. The fact that we don’t hear about women in the Black Lives Matter movement nearly as much is a little problematic. I think if people, including the media, included both men and women in this discussion, we could more affectively address the underlying problems. It almost seems as though not including women is limiting to the cause that this movement is trying to bring to light. Part of progression in feminism involves accepting the fact that women are just as susceptible to the same injustices that men are.

Intersectional Feminism also deals with the way different groups of feminists react to gender and sex differences. In the video Why We Need to Talk About White Feminism, the difference between what it means to be a “White Feminist” and a feminist that addresses all types of identities is discussed. White feminists typically address issues only pertaining to white women. This is an important issue to talk about because the problems that white women have in our society are not the same as the problems facing African-American, Latina, Asian, or any other race of women in our country. The video notes the fact that white women are given a certain privilege in our society that others aren’t. Therefore, much of the information that gets passed around about feminism is biased towards the views of white feminists. In order to really make improvements in the equality of all women and men, we have to start being better at recognizing the different experiences that white women have vs. women of different races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, etc.

On Intersectionality in Feminism and Pizza elaborates on the idea of intersectional feminism by using the metaphor of cheese vs. deluxe pizzas. Similar to white feminism, cheese pizzas can be found pretty much everywhere and is the favored, most common type of pizza found in our country. However, feminism that addresses issues facing minority groups are more closely related to deluxe pizzas, which are less represented than cheese pizzas. I thought this metaphor was a really interesting way of describing the issues with white feminism. What is stigmatized and considered unacceptable for black women is often overlooked for white women. Therefore, it is necessary to look at feminism from a different point of view in order to address all issues facing all women, not just those that society shows preference for.

 

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