Today’s article was originally published at SaganMorrow.com yesterday! You can check out the excerpt below, but visit Sagan’s website to read the full post. Sagan is a blogging friend I actually found on my own, but then we officially met through EBA. She’s wonderful — you can read her guest post about questioning why you want kids here!
Though I’ve always been about equal rights, and I’ve always questioned why women are treated unfairly compared to men, I’m fairly new to feminism. I only officially committed to learning and writing about it since the beginning of this year.
So I only recently came across the concept of intersectionality.
And when I did, I really didn’t understand it.
Intersectionality is the concept that people experience discrimination in different ways, different intensities, and for different reasons. We always have multiple layers of discrimination going on – racism, classism, and sexism are only a few – so it’s never due to one single factor.
Simply put, we can’t talk about one form of discrimination separately from the others.
But I, a queer woman of colour, did feel that I could talk about my experiences as a woman separately from my experiences as a queer person, or a person of colour.
I mean, it’s usually pretty clear when someone is discriminating against me because of my skin colour. Really – it’s pretty obvious, as surprising as that may seem.
And it’s also clear when people discriminate against me because I’m a woman, not because of my skin colour.
So I could understand why people are confused about intersectionality.
I was, too.
But one day, it clicked.
Want to know how? Read the rest of my guest post here.