As Feminism or Gender Equality is such a huge, huge part of my life, intersectionality is also. Intersectionality is something I’m fairly new to so I don’t have a great deal of fully developed opinions on it however there are some areas (e.g. sexism) where I do. I’m hoping to develop all of my ideas of intersectionality more fully as I grow up.
Intersectionality is the name which describes all, combined senses of oppression as they cannot be separately analysed due to the same, strong residing link. The definitions for the technical terms are listed below.
Sexism – Prejudice, stereotyping or discrimination, typically against women, on the basis of sex (gender).
Homophobia – Dislike of or prejudice against homosexual (gay) people.
Transphobia – Intense dislike of prejudice against transsexual or transgender people.
Abelism – Discrimination and social prejudice against those with disabilities.
Xenophobia – Dislike of or prejudice against people from other countries.
Racism – Prejudice, discrimination or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior.
Classism – Prejudice against people belonging to a particular social class
Prejudice – Preconceived opinion that is not based on reason or actual experience
This is primarily addressed to those who think intersectionality in any way is irrelevant to them or disagrees with it.
Everybody, like it or not, holds prejudice in some way. It is human nature to make a judgement about someone and that is completely okay. However, what is absolutely not okay is making judgements about people and holding those judgements. It is not okay to dislike someone simply because of a prejudice you’ve employed and it is even worse to cause this person harm or any kind of upset because you don’t like where they come from or their sexuality for example.
People cannot help the way they are born or the way they feel, and neither should they acquire the state of mind that you want them to attain. This is what makes us all different. Would you change who you are to fit with what you think are societal norms? Well guess what, society is changing rapidly and you’re going to be left stuck behind hating these people when they could bring so much love and sunshine to your life. You grow by accepting not by hating.
Although a lot of people think that they’re not affected by intersectionality they actually are. Whenever someone tells you that you cannot do something because of your gender, because of your race or because of where you were born you’re being affected by it. Even if you don’t think it is important think of how much your life is going to change, these issues will find their way into your life somehow.
Love and acceptance are two of the most important attributes to have.
Learn something new from someone, spread love and acceptance you don’t know what you could do for someone.