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What is intersectionality?

The intersectional approach is currently the subject of much discussion in the research and social intervention communities, particularly among those concerned with issues of discrimination and exclusion of marginalized or ethnicized groups.

It is difficult to describe precisely what the concept of intersectionality is today, but we will try to shed some light on the subject in this article.

First of all, intersectionality is a concept that rejects the hierarchy of systems of oppression. This means that the concept recognizes the ways in which a person's life is influenced not by a single system or component of their identity, but rather by the interplay of multiple interrelated systems of privilege and oppression.

Intersectionality, then, can be said to assert that it is not possible to discuss privilege and oppression without taking into account all aspects that make up a person's identity.

What are the aspects that constitute a person's identity?

  • Class

  • Type

  • Disability

  • Age

  • Nationality

  • Ethnicity

  • Sexual orientation

Intersectionality focuses on the individual experiences and oppressions of each person. That's why it's a concept that is also seen as sometimes "too" individualistic. For example, it is a bit reprimanded by the feminist movement, because it can come to divide women who would like to have more of a collective front than an individualistic one in their discourse.

In today's society, people are more focused on grouping and supporting the same causes, so you have to ask yourself:

Why use the concept of intersectionality?

Well, it's a concept that allows us to remember that each person has their own issues due to their experiences and what they have lived through.

It also allows us to become aware of our own privilege, which can sometimes create a certain discomfort. We can, in fact, find ourselves in the position of oppressor and oppressed at the same time. For example, one can be privileged by being high class, but oppressed because of one's gender.

Using the concept of intersectionality therefore implies a certain questioning. But isn't that what being human is all about, questioning?

What about you, what do you think about this concept? Did you know about it? Will you apply it in the future?

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