Intersectionality Intersectionality VIEW SOURCE SHARE Intersectionality is a concept often used in critical theories to describe the ways in which oppressive institutions (racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, xenophobia, classism, etc.) are interconnected and cannot be examined separately from one another. The concept first came from legal scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw in 1989 and is largely used in critical theories, especially Feminist theory, when discussing systematic oppression. When possible, credit Kimberlé Crenshaw for coining the term "intersectionality" and bringing the concept to wider attention. Contents [show] Principles In order to achieve anti-oppression aims, here are some things for geek groups to consider: Aiming for think about the perspective of others in that situation , then apologise and figure out how not to do it again. If you continue to think the person misunderstood you or was wrong about your actions, don't get into an argument with them about it. "Nothing about us without us": don't dictate to women, blind people, gay people or anyone else what they 'should' want from your geek community, software or roleplaying game, ask them and listen to the answers. Or better yet, trust them to lead the development of the product or the direction of the community and join initiatives they have already started... One person or group may have multiple forms of oppression directed against them at the same time. This can complicate matters considerably. Two people or groups with different forms of oppression directed against them may both have legitimate needs which come in conflict with each other. Picking a way to reconcile these needs is hard and tends to fall disproportionately hard on people who are already struggling. Discussions of intersectionality in geek culture Nyota Uhura is not a white girl (on race and gender in Star Trek Reboot) Out Loud: Attracting Minority Women in Computer Science (radio show transcript focusing on women from racial minorities in US computer science education) References Wikipedia Intersectionality on The Angry Black Woman An account of Patricia Hill Collins' comments on the use of the term "intersectionality" by white feminists. See also Patriarchy Race LGBT issues Class Disability Fat acceptance **** We will be hearing more about this as time goes on.