Gender, Ethnicity And Nationality, Race, Sexual Orientation, Abilities And Disabilities, Class, And Religion

2600 Words Nov 3rd, 2016 11 Pages
Understanding intersectionality is something that is important in the practice of social work. One must be able to understand and deal with one’s clients and their specific positions in life and understand how all of their different identities and places in society interact with each other. However, before one can understand intersectionality in others, one must examine the different areas of one’s own life and how they interact to form a unique identity. I will examine my specific roles in life and how they interact with each other going forward, specifically regarding gender, ethnicity and nationality, race, sexual orientation, abilities and disabilities, class, and religion.
My earliest memories of gender are skewed and confusing. I remember playing house with other children when I was three or four and being given the role of father instead of mother. I was resentful I had to play a masculine role, somehow understanding even at that age that I was supposed to be feminine and matronly. Luckily, however, I was raised in a family that was very concerned with women’s rights. My mother and grandmother instilled in me deep, feminist values and taught me that I had to stick up not only for myself, but for others. As I grew older, I garnered a reputation for myself as my school’s resident feminist, taking every opportunity to bring up gender inequality during class discussions, much to the chagrin of my peers. I felt then that I was marginalized not just for being female, but…

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