Gender Inequality And Racial Inequality Essay

924 WordsDec 20, 20154 Pages
For centuries and even today, gender inequality and racial prejudice continue to exist. Throughout time these concepts have overlapped and intertwined, each other creating complex interactions and a negative influence upon society. In the 1980s, Kimberle Williams Crenshaw through her article, named Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence Against Women of Color, introduced the term “Intersectionality.” Intersectionality, is the theory of how different types of discriminations interact thus, goes hand in hand with Judith Butler, in her article titled “Performative Acts and Gender Constitution: An Essay in Phenomenology and Feminist Theory” which expresses the term “gender acts” and helps decipher a probable cause of the many discriminations faced in contemporary society. Since both gender inequality and racial inequality share a common thread, I believe that what intersectionality represents will help understand Judith Butler’s view on gender classification and the dynamic it’s caused on our social and political formation. If intersectionality is a theoretical framework explaining the discrimination against humans. Butler would highlight, gender classification is the culprit by explaining that the term “gender,” like “race” are formed social concepts. When a human is born it is identified and then labeled. Its identity would be its sex referring to one’s biological organs male or female. Gender identity then describes the characteristics and
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