Intersectionality Not Serving The Oppressed
Zoe McLaughlin
Wed Aug 14 2019

The International Women's Development Agency defines intersectionality as the concept “that discrimination doesn’t exist in a bubble— different kinds of prejudice can be amplified in different ways when put together.”

The recent rise of intersectional feminism has led to a phenomenon some have dubbed the "Oppression Olympics.” Everyone is competing to try to be the most oppressed. Main categories of competition in these “Oppression Olympics” include skin color, sexuality, gender, and religion.

Someone who is a white, straight, cisgender, Christian male is considered quite privileged, while someone who is a black, pansexual, genderqueer Muslim is considered to have little to no privilege, and in some cases would be considered extremely oppressed.

The goal of intersectional feminism is to empower all of these groups they consider oppressed. But by trying to combine all of these groups into one movement, they are actually harming some groups.

For example, consider a white gay man living in Chechnya. He could be rich and living a successful life, and he most likely doesn’t experience discrimination for his gender or race. Yet if someone found out he was gay and reported him to the authorities, he could be arrested and sent to a concentration camp.

Then, consider your black, pansexual, and Muslim woman living in the USA. Yes, they might experience social discrimination in some parts of the country, but the law is on their side, and they will not be arrested for any part of their identity. [1]

Intersectional feminists believe that the more “intersectional factors” you have, the more oppressed you are.

This leads to a twisted way of thinking that disregards someone’s legal standing in judging their oppression, and focuses on surface issues, many of which are no longer relevant.

The focus on people who they believe are socially oppressed instead of people who are legally oppressed leads to protesters focusing on the wrong issues and marching for rights for people who already have them instead of the people who need them.

Works Cited:

[1]: https://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/federal-antidiscrimination-laws-29451.html

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