Inclusive: How do we embrace intersectional identities?

American writer, feminist, womanist, librarian, and civil rights activist Audre Lorde once said: “There is no thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.” Looking at identity, it is thought to be important to approach it from an intersectional perspective because it deepens the understanding that there is diversity and nuance in the ways in which people hold power. Using an intersectional lens also means recognising the historical contexts surrounding an issue which differ from region to region and country to country. 

So how do become more inclusive of different identities for others and ourselves?

Thanks to the following guests for participating:

Porochista Khakpour was born in Tehran and raised in the Greater Los Angeles area. She has been awarded fellowships from the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars, Northwestern University, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, The Ucross Foundation, Djerassi, and Yaddo. Her work has been nominated for several Pushcart Prizes. Her first memoir is Sick:

Meera Sharma, the founder of The School of Sass and host of weekly motivational radio show, The Sass Life, airing on Hollywood’s DASH Radio. She first came into the limelight on series 11 of the hit, ITV dating show Take Me Out.

Fashion and beauty content creator Malvika Sheth with Style by Malvika

Sumbal Rana, who is a domestic violence survivor, who has been developing self love and self acceptance.

Here are some of the resources from the show:

Kimberlé Crenshaw uses the term “intersectionality” to describe this phenomenon; as she says, if you’re standing in the path of multiple forms of exclusion, you’re likely to get hit by both. In this moving talk, she calls on us to bear witness to this reality and speak up for victims of prejudice.

The Disability and Intersectionality Summit 2018 National conference (DIS2018) took place on Saturday October 13th at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, MA. This is Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, author reading and discussion of Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice.

Books looked at this week:

Porochista Khakpour: Sick: A Memoir

Kimberlé Crenshaw: Demarginalizing the intersection of race and sex: A black feminist critique of antidiscrimination doctrine, feminist theory and antiracist politics (1989 article)

Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha: Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice

PS. I do not receive commission for reviewing books and talks.

Published by suswatibasu

Suswati Basu is a writer, journalist, producer and feminist activist residing in London. She has written for the Guardian, Huffington Post and the F-Word blogs, and has worked for various media outlets such as the BBC, Channel 4 and for ITV News/ITN. She currently works as a senior intelligence expert.

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