Intersectionality Affects Our Experiences Within Our Social Category

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As we have learned throughout the course, intersectionality affects our experiences within our social category. Intersectionality can either give us privilege or reduce privilege depending on which categories we fall into. Each individual’s personal experience in a situation will differ due to intersectionality.
In Heather Kuttai’s “Maternity Rolls”, we see how her experience with disability is shaped by her gender, and vice-versa. Although Kuttai does mention that being feminine was important to her prior to her accident, we see how much more important becomes afterwards (Kuttai, 2010). To Kuttai, her pregnancy is what validated her status as a feminine woman (Kuttai, 2010). She states “In other words, I felt as though my body was “showing” more societal worth than it did when I was not pregnant. I also felt a strong sense of positive femininity and a brand new sense of sexuality.” (Kuttai, 2010). Kuttai’s statement highlights two ways in which her status as a woman and a person with a disability intersect. Firstly, Kuttai’s pregnancy is something that in her view gives her validation as a woman. While some individuals might deem this idea sexist and archaic, Kuttai feels that her ability to become pregnant and have a child gives her status as a woman (Kuttai, 2010), due to the fact that individuals with physical, visible disabilities are perceived as being asexual (Longmore, 2003). On the other hand, while Kuttai’s pregnancy does validate her femininity and sexuality to…

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