Our reading group next week will read Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence Against Women of Color by Kimberlé Crenshaw. We chose this text based off our discussions two weeks ago of bell hooks’ Eating the Other.
This essay tackles the issue of life on the margins and how multiple marginalised identities interact with one another. Because these intersectional identities (such as race, class status, sexual orientation, and immigrant status) are rarely addressed by the U.S. legal system and other power structures, focusing on women on color, Crenshaw demonstrates women of color are in particularly vulnerable positions to be the victims of systematic violence on the part of the government and even feminist organisations.
I will be facilitating the discussion of this text and I’m really excited because it provides many concrete examples of how the ignorance of and refusal to acknowledge intersectional has dire consequences for those already at the margin. It’s a long essay, but it’s easy to read. Half of it is actually footnotes, which I highly recommend reading because Crenshaw includes some excellent examples and explanations in them.
As always, we’ll meet Sunday at 5 at Berkeley Books of Paris, 8 Rue Casimir Delavigne, 75006 Paris, France.
Here’s the text:
See y’all next Sunday!