Intersectional Identities

by raadalqahtani on Mars 17, 2017 - 9:01pm


Intersectional Identities


Intersectionality as a term is associated with Kimberle Crenshaw, a legal researcher through her work in the year 1989 (Baskin-Sommers, Baskin, Sommers, & Newman, 2013). The term was coined by Crenshen to reflect a specific challenge that immigrant women with color underwent, importantly, the reason as to why their issues were being neglected by the anti-racism movement as well as feminist movement during that time.

Intersectionality is a theory in sociology, which addresses over how a person can undergo a number of threats of discrimination when their identities intersect in several minority classes, like race, age, gender, health, and ethnicity as well as other characteristics.

            For instance, a woman of color may undergo sexism in the place of work, which is compounded by refined rather than general racism. Additionally, women of color undergo very high levels of discrimination as well as threats for violence. Through the nature of intersectionality, it might be difficult to view the reason as to why women undergo racism, sexism, anti-trans prejudice, and misogyny. This is due to the ignorance that surrounds trans-identity, which may face homophobia as well.

            Despite the fact that intersectionality is applied to women traditionally, the situation of minority status overlap affects them. In the current America, a man with a Hispanic origin may undergo xenophobia regardless of the man having a naturalized citizenship (What Is Intersectionality And Why Is It Important? | Care2 Causes. 2017). Such may be as a result of some conditions like low status in the economy. For instance, such a Hispanic man has an age of at least 50; the age factor may be an additional reason for facing discrimination when trying to find a chance for employment.

To be more specific, intersectionality defines the classified nature of power as well as how belonging to several classes of discrimination can mean that the issues of an individual are neglected.

            The dynamics of criminal justice has changed over time and reflects in the issue of intersectionality with approaches that change in relation to matters of gender, class, and race. The best example can be sexual assault in relation to various issues as well as approaches in justice system. Sexual assault may bring a threat to the society entirely as well as other aspects.

             Under each distinct movement such as anti-racism as well as feminism, a number of individuals argue that intersectionality is truly harmful to their personal causes. Such arguments towards intersectionality concentrate on a few areas (What Is Intersectionality And Why Is It Important? | Care2 Causes. 2017). Among them include that intersectionality is a word that makes no sense and does not define anything in reality. Suppose a woman faces racism, it should be racism. On the other hand, if she faces sexism, then it should be sexism. The school of thought suggests that there is no need to overlap such a situation. 

            Gender identity is a term that means individual conception of oneself either as a female or a male. Thus, through the degree of discomfort or acceptance that a person manifests in relation to emotions and behaviors that is expected of an individual, the interaction with other components of identity in people is achieved.








Baskin-Sommers, A., Baskin, D., Sommers, I., & Newman, J. (2013). The Intersectionality of Sex, Race, and Psychopathology in Predicting Violent Crimes. Criminal Justice And Behavior40(10), 1068-1091.

What Is Intersectionality And Why Is It Important? | Care2 Causes. (2017). Retrieved 15 March 2017, from













Raad Alqahtani

Dr. Marisha Caswell


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