This week I’m discussing the concept of intersectionality. It seems as though people don’t have a good grasp on what intersectionality is. Well, simply put, its the different aspects of our lives that make us who we are. Your race, class, sexual orientation, religion, etc. all make up the different avenues of who you are. We live in a white, heteronormative, patriarchal society (just ask Bell Hooks). This basically means white straight men are at the top of the success ladder and the world is their oyster. No shade to them, they can’t help the hand they were dealt, that’s just the way it is (you know, unless they try to keep their position of power in tact by instilling white supremacy).
Anyone who falls in a different category tends to face some time of oppression. I know first hand. Being a Black, gay, woman I am quite literally the opposite of who’s in power. This is not to say that I (or other queer women of color) are powerless, but in the eyes of society we are seen as less. Not a day goes by where I am not constantly aware of my sense of “otherness.” I’m either the only Black person in a room. The only woman in the group of men thinking I know zero about sports. Or the only gay women in the group of straight women gushing over how “fine” that one guy is. It may get annoying, and sometimes feel a little outcasting, but I am proud to be who I am. I get to experience the world in a way that others merely speculate (and possibly envy). I wouldn’t trade my intersectionality for anything in the world. Besides, the world would be so dull without us 😉