Merriam Webster defines intersectionality as, “The complex, cumulative manner in which the effects of different forms of discrimination combine, overlap, or intersect.” In other words, there are many layers of our identities that affect the way we see, understand, and experience the world. Our race, gender, sexuality, ability, education, and socioeconomic status are all intersections of our identity.
There are many ways that these intersections affect our day to day lives. Intersections such as race, sexuality, and ability can fall through the cracks in modern feminist discourse.
Allyship can be tricky. White women have more privilege in the world that should be used to fight the fight for those with less status. But making the decision to fight for others can put people in difficult positions, especially people who don’t have a lot of knowledge of the social justice world.
Using the privileges of certain intersections comes with a responsibility that can be difficult to enact without proper judgment. But we cannot afford to leave other intersections of women behind as we forge ahead. To be a better ally, we need to understand how we can use our differences to help others find the justice they deserve.