At NUS, the Women's Campaign recognises that intersectionality must play a key role in everything we do as liberation activists and within feminism as a whole. We define intersectionality as the theory of how different forms of oppression intersect and impact on people’s lives. When sexism and gender are discussed without looking at other types of identities and oppressions, the dialogue often revolves around the experiences of the more privileged women in society. This can mean that the issues and experiences of the more socially marginalised women are overshadowed, dismissed or erased.
As a student movement we must acknowledge how the concept emerged from black feminist thought and has since then evolved to become an important educational benefit to multiple liberation movements. Therefore the women's campaign has created the following resources to enable women's and feminist groups on campus to learn how to embed intersectionality into activism.
Here are some more resources about intersectionality:
Crenshaw, K. (1989) “Dermarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex: A Black Feminist Critique of Antidiscrimination Doctrine, Feminist Theory, and Antiracist Politics”, University of Chicago Legal Forum: pp139–197
Hooks, B. (1981). Ain't I A Woman/Black Women and Feminism. USA, South End Press
Lorde, A. (2001) “The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House”, in Moraga, C, Anzladua, G (eds.) This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color. Massachusetts, Persephone Press: pp98–101
Mohanty, CT (2003) Feminism Without Border: Decolonising Theory, Practicing Solidarity. Durham, Duke University Press