“intersectionality” is not
the sprinkling of
into your analysis
it swallows you
like water folding over rock
and those pretty smooth pebbles you like to collect?
those are all pieces of my life
i have a growing inability to take people who throw around the word “intersectionality” seriously. it is becoming a problem: we’ll be in a meeting and the future of feminism, disability rights or what have you will pop up and soon someone is dropping the word intersectionality and looking at me as a woman of color for back up
but, you do not know what intersectionality is. intersectionality is something so expansive so broad so deeply rooted in my existence that i cannot sum it up into a single word and then toss it around like a ball.
“intersectionality” is not simply the meeting place of single issue politics. it is something where pieces of our experiences are so intertwined and so entangled together that they cannot be pulled apart into strands.
the way you treat intersectionality is like asking me to look up in the sky and pinpoint where the clouds begin and end.
had this in the drafts folder and posted it after reading my friend mia’s blog post titled: “intersectionality is a big fancy word for my life”. go read.