Intersectionality is simple and yet it is absent in the groundworks of feminism. Before we start discussing intersectionality, it is essential to fully grasp and digest the definition of intersectionality. Intersectionality defines the inclusion of all women, regardless of their race, gender or ethnicity. The purpose of intersectionality is to include EVERY women so that every women’s voice is publicly heard. Surprisingly, most feminist movements have not fully adopted intersectionality since it has been easily overlooked in today’s society. In hindsight, I believe intersectionality will be a more common topic to talk about in today’s society, especially among the younger generations, including Generation Z.
An article published by Cosmopolitan as of February 23rd, “JSYK: This Is Why Feminism Is Still failing So Many Women” introduces the significance of intersectionality and informs readers some helpful tips on how to incorporate intersectionality in mainstream feminism. I recommend you to take a brief look at the article, as it may further your understanding of intersectionality. The author of the article mentions few examples depicting the lack of intersectionality from past history in the United States. For instance, Susan B. Anthony disregarded notifying black women when she presented her speech, whether it was intentional or not, an absence of intersectionality was prevalent. Another movement which occurred in the 1970’s avoided the obstacles faced by LGBQT women. Therefore, understanding the definition and relevancy of intersectionality is crucial in establishing justice and promoting equality for all women. Moreover, intersectionality plays a vital role in fulfilling the needs of every women of color and/or ethnicity. Hypothetically speaking, a particular solution in favor of a white, heterosexual woman, can hinder the growth of a homosexual, black woman. In other words, the solution has a reverse effect. Nonetheless, it is difficult to satisfy the needs of every woman of color, yet it is not impossible.
I will provide you with some helpful tips and solutions on how to embrace and promote intersectionality in any type of situation, feminism. My first tip is to become a better listener. As easy as it sounds, becoming a better listener to your peers and friends will help broaden your own point of view on the issue, and help you become more empathetic. If you find yourself struggling to listen to others, you should ask yourself, how can I become a better listener? Well, my most important piece of advice regarding this issue, is to put your opinions and judgements aside when listening to the other person, and instead fully listen to what the other person is saying. As a matter of fact, try to subconsciously put yourself in the other person’s shoes, which encompasses my second tip.
Putting yourself in the other person’s shoes will also broaden your perception on the issue, and the other person will appreciate it if you are listening and fully digesting what they are saying. I hope you find some of these tips helpful to you, and if you face an event where intersectionality is absent, do not be afraid to speak up on the matter, and stand up for what is right! Lets start voicing these commonalities and make a change in the world! After reading my blog, I also hope you can takeaway the importance of intersectionality and how it may have a domino effect on everyone.
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