What is intersectional feminism?

By definition, feminism is the belief in the social, political and economic equality of the sexes. In a continuation of this, intersectional feminism looks at other aspects which can play a role in someone’s experience of inequality and oppression.

The term intersectional feminism was coined by American professor Kimberlé Crenshaw in 1989, who defined it as:

The view that women experience oppression in varying configurations and in varying degrees of intensity. Cultural patterns of oppression are not only interrelated, but are bound together and influenced by the intersectional systems of society. Examples of this include race, gender, class, ability, and ethnicity.

You can apply an intersectional perspective to every feminist issue, and within your daily lives, because every experience can be affected by multiple layers of oppression…

…There is no one-size-fits-all feminism, and no one way to be a feminist. But by opening up your feminist views to take other factors into account, you begin to look beyond yourself and at the ways other women experience oppression differently. Only by doing this, can you help support all women and work towards greater equality.

Continue reading: kettlemag.co.uk/article/what-intersectional-feminism

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