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Defining Intersectionality

Defining intersectionality

Intersectionality is a term coined by Kimberlé Crenshaw, which describes how a person’s various marginalized identities work together to impact a person. For example, if someone is working class and has a disability, the combination of both factors together shape a person’s life experiences. As Crenshaw put it:

Intersectionality is a lens through which you can see where power comes and collides, where it interlocks and intersects. It’s not simply that there’s a race problem here, a gender problem here, and a class or LBGTQ problem there. Many times that framework erases what happens to people who are subject to all of these things 

Articles that take a quick look at Disability and Intersectionality:

  1. A Lesson in Intersectionality: Disability, BIPOC, and Queer Identities
  2. Crossroads: Conversations about Race, Gender & Disability
  3. Disability and Intersectionality in the Media
  4. Disability and Intersectionality: Not the “Default Disabled Person”
  5. Native American Hand Talkers Fight to Keep Sign Language Alive