by Emily Luong
“My feminism will be intersectional or it will be bullshit!”
Flavia Dzodan’s rallying phrase from her blogpost back in 2011 has always been in conversation. But it was especially pivotal in the Women’s March on Washington (and around the world) after Inauguration Day.
If this is the first time you’re you’re hearing about intersectional feminism, let me help you out. In its simplest terms, it is the movement toward the equality of men and women of all races, ethnicities, sexualities, religions, classes, and a number of other identities.
IMAGE DESCRIPTION: Different identities point to a single stick figure.
This is different from just plain old feminism because intersectionality emphasizes the importance of needing to be inclusive for everyone. That means supporting diverse identities, from LGBTQ feminists, to minority feminists, to religious feminists.
IMAGE DESCRIPTION: Diverse men, women, and children holding signs at the Women’s March on Washington.
Some dangers of practicing exclusionary feminism are:
- Seeing and treating everything as a binary, thereby becoming a dichotomous thinker.
- Creating a color-blind perception, when one’s race is treated as insignificant to their background and identity.
- Leaving issues unique to certain subsets of women unaddressed.
- Fueling racism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, and ableism.
After all, feminism without intersectionality is just white supremacy.
So do yourself a favor and don’t be this guy: