Intersectionality In The Angry Black Woman

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According to the article Intersectionality, intersectionality is “a theoretical framework that posits that multiple social categories intersect at the micro level of individual experience to reflect multiple interlocking systems of privilege and oppression at the macro, social-structural level.” In other words, this means that intersectionality means that a person can be multifaceted, in that they have multiple aspects of themselves which can them to experience things differently. An example of intersectionality is given by Kimberlé Crenshaw, she wrote about the court case in which several African American women sued General Motors because they were segregated by their race and gender. These women faced discrimination because they could not…show more content…
These African American women face a stereotype because they are seen as aggressive, loud, crazy, and dumb. These women do not want to be labeled as angry black woman because it is a “scarlet letter, which tarnishes the wearer.” These women are not allowed to express their opinion because they are afraid to be seen in a negative light. Phoebe Robinson uses an example where a male comedian introduced her using a sexual joke; she confronted him afterwards saying it was inappropriate. The man proceeded to tell her that she was angry black woman. All Phoebe did was express her feeling in a polite manner, and this man who made a sexual joke is making her feel like a bad person. She has the right to feel angry because this would not happen with a white woman. Most white woman are known for complaining to customer service and it is not a problem. However, if a black woman were to do it she would appear rude and difficult. Therefore, we need intersectionality in feminism because women are facing many challenges because they are not only women; they are also their ethnicity, sexual orientation, and career. There needs to be support for all types of women, and intersectionality is the first step towards this because being a woman is hard enough never mind being a woman of color, a…show more content…
She goes on to use Abercrombie & Fitch as an example of an outside force causing girls to be sexual because they put out a shirt that says “who needs brains when you have these” on the chest. She goes on to make the point that a group of teen girls joined together to boycott these shirts, but she does not acknowledge that this boycott was led by Girls as Grantmakers, a feminist group. She wanted to work around the facts to prove that girls do not want to sexual and are willing to prove this by boycotting an institution. Laura Sessions Stepp uses examples that support “the emotional/ physical movement” by saying sex causes women to suffer from diseases and mental illness. She believes hookups cause women to become distant and no longer want relationships. They are using up all of their oxytocin, “the love potion,” on random hookups; then there will be none left for their future husband. Carol Platt Liebau has works backing “the religious/ political myth” which states that women having sex are harming society. She says that these young women are contracting diseases and getting pregnant, therefore, the government needs to provide healthcare that treats these diseases and welfare programs for these new mothers.
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