Intersectionality Analysis

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Kareen Harboyan English 1C Professor Supekar March 15, 2018 Word Count: Crenshaw’s Mapping the Margins: The Marginalization of Women of Color Analyzed Through Generalization and A Feminist Lens Crenshaw's Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence Against Women of Color expands on the multifaceted struggles of women of color and the generalizations ingrained in society that limit women of color and keep them in a box. In this text, Crenshaw builds on the concept of intersectionality which proposes that social categorizations such as gender and race are intertwined and have great influence on one another. She explains how the lack of awareness about intersectionality skews the data behind studies on controversial…show more content…
The effectiveness of Crenshaw's rhetoric and argument on intersectionality has created inclusiveness and ignited a positive change in feminism. Crenshaw uses critical race theory, feminist theory and anecdotal strategies in her essay, which makes her rhetoric and main claim very effective. She also uses generalization strategies which weaken her argument. Although Crenshaw’s main claim proposes that women of color are misrepresented due to lack of awareness on intersecting factors, such as racism and sexism, and assumptions that disempower them, she makes many assumptions herself. She uses data from a field study on a battered women’s shelter in Los Angeles to back up her claims on structural intersectionality, explaining how women of color…show more content…
The LAPD refused to release the information because antiracist representatives were worried the statistics would promote stereotypes that domestic violence is majorly a minority issue and work against all the efforts that the antiracist movement has made towards equality by poorly representing black and Latino men. Crenshaw’s use of her experience with the LAPD is an anecdotal strategy. Her use of anecdotal evidence is effective because it is multifunctional. Not only does she relate her own personal experience to her argument, but the evidence she provides through her personal story paves a foundation for a main premise of her argument. In referencing her experience with the LAPD she states, “This story, although anecdotal, serves as a useful illustration to frame the more conventional ways that women of color have been sometimes erased within the political contestations between antiracism and racial hierarchy, and between feminism and patriarchy. (1245) ” In making this statement, she indicates the intersectionality of politics, economics i.e. Marxist theory and feminist theory and their effects on WOC. Crenshaw's experience with the LAPD is used to represent how the political concerns of the antiracist and feminist movements trump justice for women of color and disregards their experiences of domestic violence. Her use of
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