The Theory Of Intersectionality And Gender Inequality

1238 WordsOct 2, 20175 Pages
The theory of intersectionality has received a widespread of various distinct definitions and usage; it is often unclear of its designed function may be. Intersectionality is defined as “the acknowledgment that different forms of identity-based discrimination can combine to give rise to unique brands of injustice”(Lucas 8). In other words, how the classification of one’s individuality such as gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, and class can intertwine with each other among the social structure. The term was first coined by feminist and civil rights advocate Kimberlé Crenshaw who spoke upon the discrimination and marginalization of black women and how both institutions interconnect with one another. The significance of…show more content…
It concluded the dismissal of the case and a prime example of the failed practice of intersectionality by the community. An example of intersectionality was my experience with the connection of my race and gender when they’re merged. One issue I frequently struggle with is the normalization of standard racial profiling, in any event, I am associated in. One event of this occurred when my sister and I went to the store to buy makeup. She enjoyed purchasing new makeup every month and decided to tag me along with her. During that time, I was not very experienced with makeup and decided to browse the store for a dark liquid lipstick that complimented my skin tone. In the corner of my eye, I began to see an employee follow me in every aisle and recently stopped me when I tried to distance myself from her. A common question she asked every customer was: “May I help you?” and immediately assist the client, but her demeanor showed otherwise. She would tend to glance at my pockets then return to her position near the cashier. It was a couple of minutes later when a male customer walked into the store to browse also. I began to see a difference when employees began to observe him. However, one difference was the number of employees that surrounded him. There was more than one employee in every aisle in his proximity, and one was
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