When I think of intersectionality,
I see a venn diagram of overlapping social categories
I see colorful pasta intertwined to make mutually constructed identities
I see runners on a track
I see obstacles set in front of them
On the basis of their race
I see privilege and the power to oppress
I see multi layered oppression of people of color
I see gender, race, class, sexuality
a checklist of categories that place us within the patriarchal hierarchy we call our world
But when I translate this to to world around me, and to feminism
I see a huge part of the media portraying white middle class heterosexual cisgendered ablebodied men and women as humanity
I see politicians claiming neutral politics
That serve this fictional majority
I see a public space filled with institutions
That were built to serve the hegemonic masculinity
and oppress the other
I see the center of knowledge production operated by white men claiming objectivity
Where are the people of color?
Where are the colonized?
Where are the disabled people?
Where are those who lie outside the recognized boundaries?
This is what needs to be seen
This is what needs to be made visible
These are the voices that need to be heard
This is the call that can reshape economic structures of oppression and exclusion
Which can unmask the identity of the “neutral” citizen
Which will show that his privilege is built upon the exploitation and discrimination of the marginalized
But how can the concept of intersectionality be more than just a buzzword?
More than a checklist of static identity categories
And instead something that is used to really take into account
The complex forms of discrimination
Shaped by history
And social structures
As a white middle class cisgendered woman
And a bearer of privilege,
I am trying to understand the ways i reproduce systems of oppression
So that i may be apart of deconstructing them
I am not humanity
I am not women
I am not objective
I am a standpoint in solidarity with,
and recognition of society's many unique and complex identities
In other words, I hope for solidarity.
I hope for understanding, gender starscapes and fluidity
I hope to bring compassion for the unknown
And recognition of the need to listen, I hope for humility.