Woman of Color
400 word response
In response to the first few readings on “women of color” and intersectionality
1) Discuss: What does it mean to be a “woman of color”?
2) Discuss: What is intersectionality? (use Crenshaw from the video) Why is intersectionality an essential term for understanding the experiences of women of color?
3): Provide an example of an issue affecting women and, using the term “intersectionality,” discusses how women of color experience this issue differently from white women. And then respond:
Why is intersectionality necessary for understanding women of color experiences with this issue?
Requirements: 400 words |
Here is the info needed for the page:)
This week we are going to start reading about Intersectionality, which is a major tool of analysis that we use in WOC feminisms. These first two weeks you will be referring back to the entire semester and I will be expecting you to gain mastery of these terms and ideas by the end of the semester in your final paper.
I want you to take notice of how Nash’s version of Intersectionality builds upon Crenshaw’s origin of the theory.
What is different?
I also want you to take note that the origin of this theory is in Black Feminism. Why is this important? We know women of color’s labor is always erased. We will dive further into issues such as colorism in the WOC community a bit later, but for now I just want you to take note that this theory came from Black women.
Intersectionality will be the major tool of analysis that you will be using throughout the semester. What does this mean? It means we will be using this theory as if it were a pair of glasses and we will see the world through these glasses. In the case of WOC feminisms, what we are looking for is understanding privilege, power, and oppression.
Specific to this course, we will be looking primarily at how gender and race impact the lived experiences of women of color. We will also get to add in other variables throughout the semester, such as being LGBTQ+, disabled, fat, transgender, a mother, and so on.
Most people are prone to interchangeably using the terminology “woman of color” when referring to Black women. Such a problem is also quite rampant in published literature and studies. Doing is this gives rise to numerous issues, considering the two terminologies are not only different but also capture different lived experiences. This is because when a person uses the term “woman of color” rather than “Black woman,” they are misleading and erasing an entire population demographic. The experiences of these two groups are quite different. Being a woman of color in the United States means that such an individual is exposed to differential treatment predominantly based on their gender and race.