The meaning of intesectionality

According to the Oxford Dictionary, intersectionality is “the interconnected nature of social categorizations such as race, class, and gender as they apply to a given individual or group, regarded as creating overlapping and interdependent systems of discrimination or disadvantage.” After reading the article by Kim Crenshaw, I understand that intersectionality to be how discrimination is based on an identity composed of a mix of different elements such as race, class and gender. This reminds of a math diagram, called the Venn diagram, that shows how one thing can be composed of different elements. images

Looking at this diagram, I believe that this diagram perfectly represents intersectionality as in represents the interconnection between different elements to create one entity. For example, in Egypt, low class jewish woman can be marginalized and discriminated on both their gender, religion and class.

 

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