David Marinos Skin (2012)
When gay communist Didier Eribon came out of the closet, it wasn’t as a gay man or a communist. The French sociologist came out as working-class
The term “intersectionality” was coined in 1983 by UCLA law professor Kimberlé Crenshaw, in a paper she wrote examining women of color in Los Angeles who had suffered domestic violence and rape. The term encapsulated Crenshaw’s argument: the experiences of these women could not be understood solely through the lens of sexism, nor solely through the lens of racism. Instead, they had be understood through the intersection of these two forms of oppression. Crenshaw’s paper posed an implicit challenge to mainstream feminism, dominated as it was by middle- and upper-class white women who frequently misunderstood or ignored the experiences of women of color. (Thirty years later, little has changed in this regard.) In response to this challenge, mainstream feminism balked, dithered, and generally embarrassed itself: as the concept of intersectionality was eagerly taken up by feminists of color and radical scholars, many mainstream feminists decried it as divisive or overly academic.
Bitch just posted a nice overview about the feminist Wikipedia edit-a-thon coming up 2/1, if any Rookie readers/writers/coders want to get in on that. Wiki just posted a list of feminist work/artists and topics they seek to add or improve entries on—and the list makes me PSYCHED for 2/2. For my own selfish music-obsessive reasons, I really hope someday soon there can be an edit-a-thon for female musicians and artists. This seems like just the beginning.