Intersectionality

The interconnected nature of social categorizations such as race, class, and gender as they apply to a given individual or group, regarded as creating overlapping and interdependent systems of discrimination or disadvantage.

It is so important that your feminism is intersectional, meaning it considers the many different aspects of identity that can both enrich individual’s lives and lead them to be faced with oppression and discrimination. Some of these aspects include gender, race, class, ability, sexuality, and age. It’s important to understand the ways each of these aspects of identity can ‘intersect’ or relate to each other. For example the experience of a queer, transgender white person would be very different to that of a straight woman on colour. Everyone’s experience is valid and everyone’s voice should be heard. If you are not part of a marginalised* (see marginalised definition) group you can still be an intersectional feminist by being an ally of those who are; be supportive and listen and elevate the voices around you.

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